Lewis, who migrated at age 7, awarded for giving back to Jamaica

Erma Eliza Lewis, who left Jamaica when she was seven years old, has been awarded the 2019 Governor General’s Diaspora Achievement Award (United Kingdom) for her contribution to the land of her birth.

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen presented the award during the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held at Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on July 17.

Lewis was recognised for her ongoing contributions to Jamaica over the past 20 years, which have seen her giving back through her organisation – Erma’s Jamaica Hospital Appeal Fund, which is based in Birmingham, England.

The former nurse has, to date, raised over £3 million for various initiatives, including support for the Port Antonio Hospital and Infirmary in her native Portland.

She also has undertaken work through her Wheels 2 You charity that was founded in 2007. It focuses on distributing recycled wheelchairs to disabled persons in Jamaica.

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