A CELEBRITY photographer, who has interviewed wounded soldiers across the country for a fund-raising book, has been nominated for a Pride in Our People Award by her son who is serving in the armed forces.
Gill Shaw, whose son Marc is recently back from Afghanistan, has spent months in hospitals, homes and army bases, interviewing and photographing wounded soldiers for her inspirational book, The Hero Inside.
The aim of the book was to raise money for the charity, Help for Heroes, founded by Emma and Bryn (cor) Parry two years ago to support servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Gill, who has photographed royals, presidents and prime ministers, was inspired by the couple's work and contacted them to offer her help.
Marc said: "I would like to nominate my mum for the pride of our people award. She has currently sold over 58000 books, with all the proceeds going straight to Help for Heroes, which helps the injured soldiers who give their lives and limbs to protect our country.
"She has travelled over 21500 miles in 16 weeks and has sacrificed so much of her time, not asking for anything in return, to make her book a success to try to raise as much money as she could for our troops.
"It is people like my mum who commit these selfless acts that remind our troops of what they are fighting for and why they take such risks to keep our country safe. She makes me proud of her as a soldier who she has worked so hard for and even more proud of her as a son."
Gill, of Westfield Road, West Ealing, said:"Using my skill and passion for photography was the ideal way of highlighting the courage of our injured returning men and women. I'm just trying to 'do my bit.'"
"The most one can ever hope for from life is the love and respect from one's children, all the plaudits and awards I have received thus far pale into insignificance compared to emotion I feel with regard to my own son even thinking of such a thing as nominating his mum, for anything!
"In a way it is its own reward and whether I win it or not, it is enough that he has thought of it, he is a serving soldier recently returned from Afghanistan and I am touched beyond belief."