Social Impact Award
Shama Verma, USA
CEO, Forever Young Wellness & Medical Spa, Texas Internal Medicine & Diagnostic Center
BSc (Hons) Computing, 1990
After Shama’s 23-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cancer in 2017, her non-profit organisation, The Verma Foundation, set about designing custom cap wigs at no cost for women and children fighting cancer across the United States and dealing with the emotional side effects of hair loss.
In January 2018, the Verma Foundation launched a ‘Put a Cap on Cancer’ campaign to raise enough money to produce free hats with hair for female and children cancer patients. The cap wigs are made from 100 percent human hair, are customisable, and completely free for cancer patients. After launching the national initiative, over 500 cancer patients came forward requesting a free cap wig. Shama’s foundation is now shipping their product to women and children across the United States and helping improve the lives of cancer patients for free, and is now in the process of expanding their project to other countries.
Dr Victoria Harmer, UK
Macmillan Consultant Nurse (Breast), Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Dr Harmer acts as a Key Worker to people diagnosed with breast cancer, and is lead nurse for both the symptomatic and breast screening services. Additionally, she has advised The Archers, Family Affairs, Coronation Street and EastEnders, making storylines medically credible. She is invited to lecture in many countries and involved in an ongoing training programme for nurses in Dubai, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Dr Harmer has published over 70 articles for nursing and medical journals, edited a book and written several chapters for books. She is a Trustee for the charity Against Breast Cancer, co-chairs the Pan-London breast nurse specialist forum, and is deputy chair for Europa Donna UK (the European breast cancer coalition). In 2013, she won Nursing Times Cancer Nursing award, for outstanding excellence. Dr Harmer is passionate about breast cancer nursing and breast awareness, taking up any opportunity to get involved in events and is pioneering in creating her own.
Julian Page, UK
Charity Director and Founder, Livingstone Tanzania Trust
MA International Business and Development, 2006
Julian started Livingstone Tanzania Trust (LTT) in 2006, directly after finishing his degree, and headed to the town of Babati in Northern Tanzania – specifically to the worst primary school in the area, Waangwaray – to make a difference. Eleven years on, LTT has helped the community form a Community Based Organisation, employing 11 local people who are trained and empowered to help develop their fellow citizens.
Physically, LTT has developed six local schools, including building and renovating over 35 classrooms; creating water and electricity supplies and internet access; creating numerous girl-friendly toilet blocks and fuel-efficient kitchens. Furthermore, LTT ensures over 1,500 school children get fed each school day (by their parents), and has set up numerous hygiene and training programmes within schools and communities. LTT’s award-winning education and enterprise programmes give the people pride and confidence, moving whole communities out of poverty, and allowing them to stand on their own two feet.
Vote for the people you think should win on our online voting form. The vote will determine individual winners for each of the five award categories, and will close on Thursday 14 June. Winners of each category will be announced in June.