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Helston mum Ingrid Loyau-Kennett nominated for national bravery award after Woolwich attack on Drummer Lee Rigby

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2013

  • Ingrid Loyau-Kennett with the bravery award she received from the French government last month Picture: Keith Richards

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A mother from Cornwall who faced the killers of a soldier in the streets of London has been invited to be feted at two national award ceremonies.

Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, who lives in Helston, has been praised nationally for the way she attempted to reason with two men when Drummer Lee Rigby was attacked in Woolwich in May.

Now two separate awards ceremonies celebrating inspirational women have been vying to invite her to their events.

She has been asked to join 400 other women for the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards Ceremony in London in October.

Only women who have carried out extraordinary acts are invited to the ceremony, which was established in 1955.

Five women are given an extra award on the day.

Previous winners include Olympic and Paralympic medallists, human rights campaigner Zainab Salbi and Doreen Lawrence, the mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

Ms Loyau-Kennett has also been put forward for the Woman of Courage award, with a different group based in Birmingham.

The Vitalise Women of the Year Awards Luncheon and Awards Ceremony will also take place in October.

This ceremony is now in its 31st year of celebrating inspirational women, and the guest speaker is Olympic athlete Kelly Holmes.

On the latest accolades she has received, Ms Loyau-Kennett said: "It's an honour for me.

"It's very nice of them to think of me like this.

"I hope I don't take the place of someone more worthy."

She said she would attend the ceremony in London and see about the Birmingham event.

In May Ms Loyau-Kennett, who is half-British and half-French, was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron for "standing up to terrorism".

She was also awarded a bravery medal by the French Government last month.

Ms Loyau-Kennett was travelling on a bus past the scene of the attack on Drummer Rigby.

When the vehicle stopped, she got off and joined two other women attempting to comfort the soldier as he lay in the street.

At that point Ms Loyau-Kennett was approached by two men, the alleged murderers, talking with them calmly before the police arrived. Two suspects are awaiting trial.

A petition of 85,000 signatures has been handed to the British Government calling for he women to receive bravery medals.

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  • BobToronto  |  August 21 2013, 12:14PM

    Wonderful! The World needs more genuine heroes. The Queen should be told to give her an appropriate medal. Why is the Queen slower than the French Government?

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