'Phillip' HARRIS Memorial Medals


Article about JOAN BACON which appeared in the March 2006 edition of the 'Downs Mail' © Chris Chadwell

The certificate which accompanied the medal © Chris Chadwell

Front cover of the issue of the 'Downs Mail' which featured the article about Joan

Snap of Chris Chadwell presenting Joan with Medal and framed certificate © Chris Chadwell

CHRIS WAS RELIEVED, GIVEN JUST HOW MANY LINE DRAWINGS JOAN HAD PREPARED, WHICH HELPED ILLUSTRATE NEWSLETTERS AND JOURNALS OF THE HIMALAYAN PLANT ASSOCIATION FOR MANY YEARS, THAT HE WAS ABLE TO MAKE THE PRESENTATION, SHORTLY BEFORE SHE PASSED AWAY. SHE HAD THE FRAMED CERTIFICATE AND MEDAL AT HER BED-SIDE WHEN SHE DIED, ENABLING HER, HER NURSES AND VISITORS TO HAVE SOMETHING POSITIVE TO SPEAK ABOUT DURING HER LAST DAYS. 

WHAT A SHAME, INSTEAD OF BEING RECOGNISED IN ANY WAY FOR HIS LIFE'S WORK AND HARD-WON EXPERTISE, WHICH HAS LEFT HIM IN A DIRE POSITION FINANCIALLY CHRIS HIMSELF,  HAS HAD TO CONTEND WITH HAVING HIS REPUTATION ATTACKED AND BEING VIEWED BY SOME AS A "VILLAIN'.  AS OF MARCH 2018, DESPITE A RECENT SPELL OF KIDNEY STONES ON TOP OF A LONG-TERM CHRONIC ILLNESS, HE IS COMPOSING HIMSELF TO MAKE A FORCEFUL DEFENCE OF HIS ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN.  SADLY, THE ONLY 'NEWS' OUR MEDIA IS INTERESTED IN IS 'BAD NEWS, TAKING DELIGHT IN DESTROYING THE REPUTATION OF GENUINE PEOPLE LIKE CHRIS.  WATCH THIS SPACE AND DO TRY AND READ THROUGH AS MUCH OF THE CONTENT OF THIS WEB-SITE AS POSSIBLE, THEN JUDGE FOR YOURSELF, WHO HAS BEHAVED ETHICALLY. JOURNALISTS ROUTINELY TWIST AND MISREPRESENT THE 'FACTS', OFTEN DOWNRIGHT LYING... I USED TO THINK A CERTAIN NEWS ORGANISATION DID NOT SINK TO SUCH LEVELS BUT I WAS CLEARLY MISTAKEN....MORE TO FOLLOW.


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