Services To Vitiligo Recognised By The Award Of An MBE

Maxine Whitton, who has worked for nearly 30 years to raise awareness of vitiligo was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in The New Year Honours List for 2013.   Maxine has suffered from Vitiligo since she was a young girl growing up in Jamaica and says it was her experiences of living with the stigma associated with it that drove her to try and help others. Maxine joined the Vitiligo Society in 1985, becoming chairwoman in 1993.

She is a member of an all-party parliamentary group on skin. She also works with the Cochrane Collaboration which is an international network that draws together healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates and carers, to make well-informed decisions about health care, by preparing, updating, and promoting the accessibility of evidence related research.

The retired academic librarian said:
"I discovered that there was very little research into the condition or treatments and began to get very angry about it.  My summers are mostly spent covering up, to hide the condition and to protect the affected areas from the sun.  I remember there were some summers where all I had in my wardrobe were tops with long-sleeves to hide it.”