This week saw Woman’s Hour vote Baroness Doreen Lawrence as no1 game changer for 2014, who since the brutal murder of her son in 1993, where no convictions were made as a direct result of institutional racism in the Metropolitan Police, has tirelessly campaigned for justice and equality.
Today I would like to dedicate this blog to another incredibly strong woman who I was privileged to know who, had she not lost her battle with breast cancer in 2008, would be celebrating her birthday today. My friend Karen Watts. If I were to become ill, if I could deal with it with just a fraction of the courage, dignity and fearless defiance she demonstrated on a daily basis then I know that whatever the outcome, like Karen, I would be at peace. I could so easily eulogise about Karen’s beauty and inspirational determination however anyone who was lucky enough to know her will know all of this already. So all I will say is happy birthday Karen, your star still burns bright and reminds us all that time is precious.