NRAS founder awarded MBE

Carillion’s former Marketing Manager has been awarded an MBE for NRAS work

You may have seen in the news recently that Ailsa Bosworth was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

We couldn’t be more proud.

Many of you will know Ailsa as Carillion Communications’ former Marketing Manager but you may not be aware that Ailsa is the founder and has been the driving force behind the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS) since its launch in 2001. NRAS provides support, information, education and advocacy for the 690,000 people with RA in the UK as well as 12,000 children under the age of 16 with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and also supports families and carers as well as the rheumatology health professionals who treat them. NRAS also campaigns at government level to raise awareness of these hidden diseases and raise standards of care across the UK.

Carillion and NRAS 2015

Carillion would like to extend its congratulations to Ailsa for the richly deserved recognition of her challenges and successes with NRAS while having also suffered with the disease herself for more than 35 years and having so far 19 operations, mostly to replace joints.

NRAS was one of Carillion’s nominated charities in 2015. We had fun walking, cycling and skydiving to support the RA cause and raised nearly £5,000. Find out more 

More about Ailsa, NRAS and the award

NRAS reflects Ailsa’s work ethic; it is focussed, determined, immensely hard working and very much about people. You will see from the NRAS website [link] that, as well as provision of front line services for people with RA and JIA, the society is all about positive action … living life to the full and being in control of the disease rather than allowing it to control you.



When commenting on the MBE, Ailsa was quick to acknowledge NRAS staff: “I'm delighted, it came totally out of the blue. It is really a reflection on my team. I couldn't do without their passion and support. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a hidden disease and many people don't really understand it.”

Happy New Year to our customers and partners

News of Ailsa’s award meant the start to our new year was a very happy one.

We hope your year has started well and wish you all the best for 2016.

Register your interest if you would like to participate in the next Carillion Fundraising Raffle or are in a position, like some of our partners, to donate a prize for the next draw.



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