County Antrim man living with MND recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List
Colm Davis has been recognised for his ‘services to special education’ and received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
The 58-year-old, previously vice president of the National Association of Headteachers (NAHT), and Principal of Tor Bank Special School in Castlereagh, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in May 2016. Following his diagnosis, NAHT made the MND Association charity partner for 2017 and is supporting the Association through fundraising, involvement in campaigns and awareness-raising across its network of school leaders.
“I am absolutely stunned, humbled, delighted and over the moon. The last five weeks trying to keep it a secret have been difficult. But all of it wouldn’t have been possible without the school, the kids, the staff and the parents, they’ve been wonderful and very supportive.
“Fighting for those most vulnerable kids in society, those with severe and complex needs, you want the best for them and that’s made my life and my commitment to my work worthwhile.”
Colm joined the committee of the Northern Ireland Branch of the MND Association this year and together with his wife Vic has been fundraising for the Association since his diagnosis.