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King’s new medal for disaster zone heroes

NewsKing’s new medal for disaster zone heroes

King Charles has approved a new Humanitarian Medal to honour those who help in disaster and conflict zones.

It will be awarded to those who respond during serious or “catastrophic” emergencies and their immediate aftermath.

The silver-coloured medal features laurel wreaths symbolising victory in overcoming a crisis on one side. The flip side shows an image of the King.

It is set to be awarded after emergencies including earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and floods, epidemics and large industrial accidents.

Civil servants, charity workers, military personnel and members of the emergency services will all be eligible.

Oliver Dowden, the Deputy Prime Minister, said: “Britain has a long and proud tradition of being first in line to help those in need, wherever they may be in the world.

“This new medal is a fitting tribute to our humanitarian heroes.” An Ebola Medal honoured the efforts of those who responded to the 2014 outbreak of the killer virus in West Africa. The Humanitarian Medal will recognise similar service, both in the UK and abroad.

Queen Elizabeth agreed the “broad remit for the medal” in 2020, including its design and eligibility criteria.

International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell said: “At a time when the world faces increasing crises, this new medal recognises the unsung heroes who go above and beyond to provide aid when disasters hit.

“Our work around the world depends on these extraordinary people, and this award honours their outstanding contribution in responding to a major crisis.”

The ribbon’s white stripe represents civilians and peace, with the red stripe a nod to humanitarian organisations.

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