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Helston's Ingrid Loyau-Kennett receives award following her actions in Woolwich

By West Briton  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett.

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HELSTON'S Ingrid Loyau-Kennett was invited to an awards ceremony in London alongside Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett has been widely praised for her actions during the alleged murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich in May, for which two men are standing trial at the Old Bailey.

And last Wednesday evening she was invited to the GG2 Leadership Awards in London, which recognises success and achievement among Asian people in Britain.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett, who is half-French and half-Scottish, said she was honoured to be one of the few non-Asian people taking part.

She was handed the GG2 Spirit in the Community Award.

Other award winners included three teenage girls from Pakistan who have campaigned for the right to go to school.

One of the trio, Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head in an assassination attempt by the Taliban.

Guest of honour at the event was Mr Clegg, who unveiled a list of the top 101 leading British Asian people.

Mrs Loyau-Kennett said: "I am not Asian obviously but I was among Asians receiving awards.

"I think they recognise themselves through my actions. It was not about whether I was Asian or not. As far as they were concerned, I was just a human being like them. I find it quite touching really."

Since the incident, Mrs Loyau-Kennett has attracted attention from around the country. More than 85,000 people signed a petition for her and two other women to be given bravery medals.

The French Government awarded her a bravery medal in July and in September she was honoured by the Cornish Gorsedh.

She was invited to the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards Ceremony in London in October and also praised by the Vitalise Women of the Year Awards Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Birmingham.

Last month, she also received a bravery award from the West Briton.

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