And the winners are…
Monday 8th July 2019
We're delighted to share with you the winners of Contact's Together at 40 Awards!
A huge well done to:
Annie and Ian Petherick, 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, 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, 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, winner of the Sibling Award 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, 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, 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.
Amanda Batten, Chief Executive at Contact, said: "We think each and every one of the families nominated and shortlisted are winners and we want to extend our thanks to all those who took part. We had a wonderful afternoon celebrating with the finalist families and recognising the achievements of all the families around the country caring for a disabled child."
Our seven winners were announced this afternoon at a special ceremony at Westminster. 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 the award for Excellence in Parent Participation.
We launched the awards to shine a well-deserved spotlight on the amazing things families do when caring for a disabled child. You can read about all the finalists in our Contact Together At 40 Awards booklet.