The manager of Islington Council’s adoption and fostering service took a trip to the Tower of London last week, to pick up her British Empire Medal for outstanding work in the sector.

Susanna Daus, who is also a trustee of The Fostering Network, the UK’s leading fostering charity, was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list earlier this year and was presented with the medal by Kenneth Olisa, Lord Lieutenant for London.

The event took place in the Tower of London’s New Armouries, where Susanna mingled with other recipients from across the country. Originally a military award, this honour now recognises those who have given their time and service to their community.

Susanna said: “I had a great day at the Tower of London, meeting the other medal winners and hearing about the amazing contributions they were making to their community.

“I really enjoy working in Islington where everyone works hard to give all children the best chance in life. This medal gives me the opportunity to highlight that we really need more foster carers for teenagers and brothers and sisters, as well as adopters for young children.”

Susanna, who started her career as a social worker in Merton, south London, has worked for Islington Council for 13 years and has been involved with The Fostering Network for a number of years. As a trustee she has discussed adoption policy with the then Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 and welcomed the Duchess of Cambridge to afternoon tea with 50 Islington foster carers at the centre in 2015.