Together at 40 Awards
Contact's Together at 40 Awards are a celebration of the countless and often unrecognised achievements of families with disabled children up and down the country.
We had 500 nominations, thank you to everyone took the time to nominate! We think everyone nominated is amazing, and to show that we will be sending a certificate to you all.
You can read about all the finalists in our Together At 40 Awards booklet.
The judging panel were often moved to tears reading about the amazing things families do for each other and what they have achieved. It was a really difficult decision for our judges to pick our 7 winners.
Our winners are...
Annie and Ian Petherick from Wiltshire, winners of the Parent Carer Award, who do all they can for their son Ollie who has Angelman Syndrome as well as helping other families feel less alone through a blog they write - My Three and Me.
Hayley Wedgbury from London, winner of the Parent Power Award for her tireless work to ensure that disabled children in the London borough of Hammersmith could enjoy the park playgrounds, by campaigning and raising money for accessible swings in Ravenscourt and Wormholt Parks.
Naomi Gwynne from Scotland, winner of the Proudest Moment Award for overcoming extreme anxiety to allow classmates to hear her voice for the very first time. Naomi has selective mutism and no one at her school had heard her voice until earlier this year when she made a video of her reciting a poem. It was first played to her teacher, who cried while watching it and was later played to the whole school.
Sebastian Black from London, winner of the Sibling Award (sponsored by Fidelity International) for the friendship and care he instinctively gives younger brother Mylo, who has Donnai Barrow Syndrome. He has made it his business to get to know how he can improve Mylo's quality of life through play and nurturing, throwing himself into being the best big brother he can be.
The Ashley-Turner Family from Lincolnshire, winner of the We Care About Rare Award, for the family's dedication to raise awareness and fund research into Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy. Their eldest son Dregan has the condition and the family tirelessly advocate for people with the rare condition, their loved ones and carers.
Pam Johnson from Wales, winner of the Grandparent Award for the care she provides to her great grandson Theo who is autistic. Not only does she look after Theo every night after school, she also supports other children with additional needs at Theo's school as she is very active in the PTA (parent teacher association).
South Glos Parents & Carers, winner of the Excellence in Parent Carer Participation Award, for not only being a force for change, but also providing a hugely supportive community or local families. As well as working to improve disabled children's services, they also run a counselling service and training for parent carers to help them get back into work.
More about our Together at 40 Awards
It seems right that during our 40th birthday year, we shine a spotlight on the many positives that come with being a family with a disabled child and on the wonderful parent carer community with which we stand and work together.
Amanda Batten, Chief Executive of Contact, said: "As a charity, we often hear about when things go wrong for families, such as the difficulties of getting the right support. This isn't surprising as that's what we are here for. But it's important to recognise when things go right and come together to celebrate."
Our seven winners were announced at a special ceremony at the Palace of Westminster in July 2019. We were delighted that BBC Radio 4's Jane Garvey hosted the event, and Parliamentary Under Secretary for children and families Nadhim Zahawi MP presented some of the awards.