Shirley and David Metherell, founders of The Elizabeth Foundation
Shirley and David Metherell established The Elizabeth Foundation in 1981. They have guided the charity's growth and success for more than 30 years.
Leading a succesful charity over 30 years
Shirley Metherell and her husband David set up The Elizabeth Foundation in 1981, after their daughter Elizabeth was diagnosed as profoundly deaf.
They were inspired by the remarkable services provided by the John Tracy Clinic in the USA and were driven by the need to help other parents of newly diagnosed deaf children.
The organisation Shirley and David founded has grown to become a successful and vibrant charity.
Shirley's expertise and leadership has been recognised by awards including an honorary Master of Education degree from The University of Portsmouth, the 1987 Award of the Year from the Professional Association for Maternal and Child Welfare and a Civic Award presented by The City of Portsmouth. Shirley retired from the Foundation in April 2013.
David served for many years as the charity's treasurer and remains a valued trustee to this day.
Both Shirley and David were made MBE in the 2014 New Year Honours.
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