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British Citizen Award (BCA) Medal for Oyovwe Kigho

Oyovwe Sagbodje Kigho Bca is the founder of The Widows Empowerment trust, established in 2017 because she is passionate about tackling loneliness for those who have lost a life-long partner.

Oyovwe is due to be presented with the British Citizen Award (BCA) medal on 22nd October 2020.

Oyovwe’s belief is that no elderly person should be left socially isolated from the community due to the stigma of becoming a widow or widower. She selflessly dedicates her time to help serve the community throughout the United Kingdom. Oyovwe’s initiatives range from setting up workshops, spa days out to maintain wellbeing, social days out, befriending calls to check in on service users, online zoom bingo & quiz nights.

Her dedication to the cause has accumulated in to being presented the British Citizen Award Medal.

For Oyovwe’s exceptional service she has also been recognised and honoured with a few awards for her contribution to the community:

Special recognition award for Loneliness across the country – One-Million-minute Award, Good Morning Britain, ITV

Points of Light Award – Prime Minister’s Office

The world needs more compassionate and giving people like Oyovwe Sagbodje Kigho.

Due to the COVID-19, the ceremony at the Palace of Westminster London has been cancelled and the ceremony will be on zoom. Oyovwe’s medal will be delivered to her as well as the other 24 individuals across United Kingdom by courier.

Oyovwe Kigho’s name will be on the British register of honour.

Here are a few testimonies for Oyovwe’s services:

“Just a few lines to thank Oyovwe and Richard and The Widows Empowerment Trust for the kindness you have shown me over the past times when I was not very well. I´m convinced that the visit you made to my flat helped me recover quicker, so once again, thank you.” – Allen

“My experience with WET has been a wonderful help and support in my grieving journey. This trust is a game changer in the field’s grief and loneliness!” – Theresa Adams

“I lost my husband to an unexpected heart attack, and it was a devastating experience.

The support and community you get in The Widows Empowerment Trust is one of the best things that could have happened to me.

They helped me through counselling, numerous home-visits phone calls and gifts. I

have benefitted a lot from the fact that they are so supportive and

ready to help. They lifted my spirit and made it possible for me to

carry on with daily life and be strong for my family.” – Sherita Founder of Dimobi Children Disability Trust

“I faced some very lonely years as a widow until I found a new family in the people at The Widows Empowerment Trust. Here I can enjoy social outings, and I especially appreciate the fact that we get the opportunity to go for a meal and to the cinema again, as doing this alone just never felt the same. I have learned new skills and rediscovered old ones, and this has helped me build my confidence, trust in myself and also given me the strength to empower other widows. Thank you to The Widows Empowerment Trust for everything you do. “- Elizabeth