Andy Burnham awarded for his leadership after terror attack
Andy Burnham is this year’s recipient of The University of Manchester’s Doubleday award for his work in the aftermath of May’s Manchester Arena bombing where Twenty-three people were killed and 250 injured.
The award, granted to an individual who has made a significant contribution to society will be given to the Mayor of Greater Manchester before he gives this year’s Doubleday lecture.
The Mayor will focus on the attack and some of the work going on to tackle extremism. He will also share his reflections on how devolution can bring communities together and change how people interact with politics.
Edwin Doubleday was tragically killed just before his Finals in a freak accident in 2000 but was conferred his Clinical and Surgical Degrees posthumously. He is the son of sculptor John Doubleday.
The Doubleday Fund was established by the Doubleday family in memory of their son Edwin who sadly died before his graduation in 2000.
The focus of the Fund's effort is medical education. It supports the Doubleday Centre for Patient Experience, the first establishment to involve patients and the public in the training of doctors.
The centre allows students to work with and be assessed by patients and carers in order to better understand their needs and feelings, enhancing the treatment they deliver.
Burnham will be presented with the award by John Doubleday.
Previous recipients of the award include NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, former Chief Medical Officer Sir Kenneth Calman, and Rabbi Julia Neuberger then director of the Kings Fund in 2002.
Andy Burnham showed great leadership for our community in the wake of the tragic events at the Manchester Arena and subsequently. His support for the victims, the families, the emergency services, and local people who did so much to help those affected is praiseworthy, and we are delighted to be able to recognise his important contribution by giving him this award
Director of the Doubleday Centre for Patient experience Dr Robina Shah said: “Andy Burnham showed great leadership for our community in the wake of the tragic events at the Manchester Arena and subsequently.
“His support for the victims, the families, the emergency services, and local people who did so much to help those affected is praiseworthy, and we are delighted to be able to recognise his important contribution by giving him this award.”
Mr Burnham also attended the Greater Manchester Care Leavers Awards ceremony on Tuesday 17 October. The awards recognise the amazing achievements of young people who have experience of the care system in Greater Manchester, as well as their supporting parents, carers, families and social workers.
The awards are coordinated by The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Salford, The University of Bolton and The Care Leavers Association; and are supported by Greater Manchester Higher.
You can read a full account of the event on Storify.