Australia Day

26 January 2015

96 days to go

Gill Hicks

London bombing survivor, author, Founding Director of MAD for Peace and Motivational Speaker

Gill was the last living victim rescued. Both her legs were amputated below the knee, and her injuries were so severe that she was initially not expected to live.  She was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital without an identity - she was labelled only as ‘One Unknown’.

She was honoured with an MBE for her services to charity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2008-09, and became both Australian of the Year in the UK and Australian Woman of the Year in the UK for 2009. That year she was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from London Metropolitan University in recognition of her outstanding contribution to architecture and design, and her work in promoting the importance of establishing sustainable peace.

Her work as a peacemaker was most recently acknowledged when in March 2010 she became recipient of the Iman Wa Amal Special Judges Award at the 10th Annual Muslim News Awards for Excellence.