HE’S dedicated his life to helping poorly and bereaved children.
And today as he is awarded an MBE for his hard work, Dr Richard Wilson hopes the accolade will further promote the charities he supports.
The 76-year-old has been named in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to vulnerable children and bereaved people.
The retired consultant paediatrician, who used to work in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, is a trustee for Action for Sick Children and was for the Lullaby Trust.
Dr Wilson, 76, said: ‘It’s great I have been given this honour, but I hope it helps to raise the profile of what I genuinely care about.
‘I found that bereaved children often get ignored and that it can have lasting consequences, and so a lot of my work has been around that.’
Dr Wilson is a leading expert on fabricated and induced illness and directly influenced major changes in the way in which healthcare and social care professionals respond to this issue and protect vulnerable children.
He was one of the first clinicians to identify and discuss the trauma of bereavement on children and families in the NHS and has worked with many professionals and charities to make a difference for children.
He is also an expert on sudden infant death and the devastating impact it has on families.
Dr Wilson worked in QA in 1963, before he started to carry out charity work in the Surrey and Sussex areas.
He joined the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death as a trustee in 1991 and led the development of its helpline and bereavement services.
The charity, which is now called The Lullaby Trust, along with Jigsaw South East and The Child Bereavement Trust, put Dr Wilson, of Perseus Terrace, in Gunwharf Quays, Old Portsmouth, forward for the honour.
Francine Bates, chief executive of The Lullaby Trust, said: ‘On behalf of the whole charity I’d like to congratulate Richard on his MBE.
‘He is undoubtedly driven by a strong desire to improve outcomes for children and their families, particularly the most vulnerable groups in our society.
‘He has devoted his life to the well-being of children and families and we are thrilled his achievements have been recognised.’