A founding trustee of UK based charity vision4kids which operates in Kenya has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Irwin Holmes is a founding trustee of vision4kids which was established in 2010 and is well known for his fundraising efforts and charity work long before then.
Since helping establish vision4kids, Irwin Holmes has helped raise over £250,000 for worthy causes around the world including current outreach projects in Kenya.
Irwin has visited Kenya several times to help with building work, school repairs, Bible distribution and visitation of the poor in Kiambururu village.
The charity have supported the construction of new classrooms, repairs to existing structures at sponsorship for 25 children at Blessed Hills Primary School and have funded health screening and follow-up treatment for over 100 children.
They have also launched a programme which enables the poorest 50 children to receive a hot meal every day.
Last summer Irwin led a mission team which dug the foundations for the new school classroom and held daily afternoon held Bible lessons for the local children.
On the announcement of his award Irwin said: “I am deeply humbled and delighted to be awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In accepting the honour I do so on behalf of all those who helped me in any of my fundraising for various charities over the last 30 years and in particular for my own charity vision4kids over the last 10 years. Thank you one and all.”