King Charles approves new medal to honour 'unsung heroes'

King Charles launches new medal as he continues to show support for charity and public sector workers

  • The UK government have announced ‘The Humanitarian Medal’ earlier today
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King Charles has approved a new medal to honour those who respond compassionately during a humanitarian crisis.

In one of the first new awards approved by King Charles, the government has announced a plan to introduce the new Humanitarian Medal in the UK.

The Cabinet Office unveiled the plan to introduce a medal that celebrates people who have acted selflessly during or after humanitarian instances, such as conflict and natural disasters.

Recipients will include those in public service organisations and charities who immediately offer their assistance after a catastrophe.

Suitable individuals include police and health workers, civil servants, charity workers, emergency services, and military personnel.

King Charles III has approved a new medal designed to celebrate heroes that have helped during a humanitarian crises 

King Charles has approved the intricate design, which features ‘laurel wreaths symbolising victory in overcoming a crisis, interwoven with a banner proclaiming “For humanitarian service”. The obverse will bear an effigy of His Majesty The King.’

Government departments will put forward their proposals for the use of the medal to the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals before approval of King Charles.

Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden, 44, said: ‘Britain has a long and proud tradition of being first in line to help those in need, wherever they may be in the world.

This new medal is a fitting tribute to our humanitarian heroes who put the needs of others before their own, often in the most challenging or dangerous environments.’

The medal will be awarded to staff in public service organisations and charities who respond in support during a humanitarian crises, including floods and earthquakes

It seems Charles has been putting charity efforts at the forefront of his plans, and one in particular has paid off. 

Dozens of couples who feared they may never become parents are celebrating the birth of their babies – thanks to King Charles.

The monarch faced scepticism when he set up a holistic fertility programme as part of his ‘Royal Health Service’.

The radical project at Dumfries House, the Scottish stately home he restored in 2007, offers a range of complementary therapies said to help improve pregnancy chances.

Participants, many of whom have exhausted all help available on the NHS and face huge bills for private treatments, can try out acupuncture, reflexology, massage, yoga and hypnotherapy.

The free course, which operates on both GP and self-referrals, also includes relationship counselling, cookery classes and dance lessons.

Now, on its fifth anniversary, the MoS can reveal the Fertility Wellbeing programme has helped bring 40 new babies into the world.  

The Prince’s Foundation, which runs Dumfries House, says half the women who have taken part in the first-of-its-kind project – some of whom were previously deemed ‘infertile’ – have gone on to become mothers soon after. In contrast, the average birth rate for IVF patients in the UK is around 20 per cent.

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