Technology company inspired by grandmother honoured with prestigious Queen’s Award and trip to Buckingham Palace
A technology company inspired by a staunchly independent grandma to create pioneering services which allow older people daily contact while retaining a high level of personal freedom has been honoured with a Queen’s Award For Enterprise for Innovation.
James Batchelor, from Kendal, founded Alertacall in 2004 when he created technology to keep his 86-year-old grandmother Eveline and others like her safe by allowing them to easily confirm they were safe each day or otherwise receive a call from a friendly, specially trained person.
The company’s technologies have since helped tens of thousands of older people to retain their independence, saved many lives and are also now used to modernise sheltered housing schemes nationwide with features that include video-calling.
Dame Esther Rantzen has long been a supporter of the company and said that it was right that Alertacall has received a Queen’s Award for its amazing work over the years.
Dame Esther said: “It is wonderful to see Alertacall win the top business award, the prestigious Queen’s Award.
“I have seen this company in action and I am hugely impressed by the sensitive and professional way they support older people, enabling them to stay safe, stay independent and provide their families with the reassurance that all is well.
“I have known the founder CEO, James Batchelor, for many years, and have always admired the way he and his team are focused on creating technology that increases human contact for people who need it and they perfectly understand their role in using technology for good. Amazing work, and genuinely award-winning!”