The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Lauren Booth

Ms Lauren Booth

Broadcaster and journalist; daughter of actor Tony Booth and presenter of the David Stafford Memorial Lecture 2008.

“I grew up amid alcoholism, so I know the devastation the illness causes – not only for the sufferers but also their families. It is hard for a child to reach out, to admit that their parents aren’t ‘normal’; admitting you need help as a child means battling a great sense of betrayal. Not to reach out, to find a helping hand or an understanding listener can spell a lifetime of problems.”
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