The ASIS International UK Chapter has an annual award named in honour of much respected former chairman, Mervyn David: this is usually awarded for services to ASIS or the wider security community.
The chapter have decided to widen the scope this year and are pleased to make the 2010 award to David Hines, founder of the charity The National Victims Association. David founded the charity in 1992 following the murder of his 23 year old daughter Marie.
The Charity supports families bereaved through homicide by providing respite events, specialist bereavement counselling, legal advice, advocacy and creative therapeutic projects for children. Patrons of the charity include former Lord Chancellor, Lord Charles Falconer QC, Commander David Johnston QPM and Baroness Harris of Richmond, who is also Patron of ASIS in the UK.
David’s work has been recognised on several occasions and he is a previous winner of the Scarman Trust Award, but ASIS UK hope that recognising David Hines in this way will come as a small tribute the work he been doing for almost 20 years, encourage him to continue and raise the profile of the charity within the security community. Fundraising is desperately hard at the best of times and the NVA face a constant struggle. The main focus currently is to raise money for their annual conference and respite event in July 2011 which without support will not take place.
David will be presented with the award at the ASIS Spring event on March 16th 2011 in the City of London. Former winners of the ASI Mervyn David Award include David Dickinson, (then) Chief Executive of the BSIA and Rt. Hon. Bruce George, MP.
If you think you may be able to offer some support to the National Victims Association, or if you are interested in attending the Spring event to see David Hines collect the award, please contact ASIS Vice Chairman Mike Hurst firstname.lastname@example.org.