Burton-based Karen Williams was one of two runner-up’s in Lorraine Kelly’s Woman of the Year competition.
The founder of Buddy Bag Foundation was one of just three finalists in the nationwide competition, with the long-serving breakfast presenter dubbing her work “inspirational” and an “amazing woman”.
The charity sends 12 essential items to children in dire need when their world has changed beyond recognition as they flee domestic violence. One of those items is a teddy bear called Buddy.
Karen (pictured), whose charity work is often based in Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth, has now overseen some 15,060 rucksacks packed with love by volunteers at ‘Buddy Bag brigade’ events and delivered to women’s refuges throughout the UK.
She is one of just three finalists chosen by judges for the annual competition run by Kelly’s breakfast show.
Buddy Bag Foundation volunteer Linda Aitchison, speaking before the winner and runners up were announced and who nominated Karen said: “There are some 48,000 children fleeing domestic violence in the UK each year.
“Often these children escape with just the clothes they are wearing as they go along with an opportunity to get out, or they are taken from school.
“That’s where the Buddy Bag Foundation comes in. Thanks to Karen’s drive and determination, the charity has now packed more than 15,000 bags with love. But she knows she’s only just scratching the surface and she’s committed to doing much, much more. By 2020, the aim is to have delivered 20,200 Buddy Bags.”