Elizabeth Burton-Phillips receives a Special Recognition Award by the National Lottery for her Services to Charity



“On the 15th October 2019, I was honoured with a Special Recognition Award at the 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards, which was broadcast on BBC One, Tuesday 19th November. 

This coincidentally was the anniversary of Nick, my late son’s birthday, in memory of whom DrugFAM was founded

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, which I was duped into attending, by Andrew, Simon, the BBC and The National Lottery, so I was rather unprepared for the wonderful surprise that ensued. 

Each year the Special Recognition Award is given to someone that deserves to be acknowledged and thanked for their hard work. Their achievements don’t have to be large or far reaching, but the quality and thoughtfulness of their work has touched the lives of those around them.

If you watch this video, you will see Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville hand over a 25th Birthday National Lottery Awards trophy alongside presenter Ore Oduba, to me at the star-studded bash; with Laurence Fox, Masterchef’s John Torode and Greg Wallace and singer Emeli Sande amongst the famous faces in the audience.

There’s also a short film highlighting the work and impact of DrugFAM.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to you for supporting DrugFAM. Your valued contributions have been vital to our success, and on behalf of our staff and volunteers, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ for having helped make our achievements possible.”  Elizabeth Burton-Phillips QVA MBE


Please click on the link below to view the special moment