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Monday 8th July 2019

The excitement is building here at Contact as we look forward to our Together At 40 Awards ceremony this afternoon.

Contact set up the awards to recognise the remarkable but often unseen things disabled children and their families do and we can't wait to celebrate with the finalists later today.

We received a staggering 500 nominations, which our judges narrowed down to 22 finalists who will be attending a special ceremony at Westminster later today. The winners of each of the seven categories will be announced during the ceremony by our host, Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey.

Four of the children and young people who are finalists in the awards feature in a Sun newspaper article today, telling their wonderful stories.

Amanda Batten, Chief Executive at Contact, said: "We think each and every one of the families nominated and shortlisted are winners and we hope our awards help to shine a spotlight on the positives that come with being a family with a disabled child. At Contact we often hear about when things go wrong for families, such as when they are struggling to get support for their child. This isn't surprising as it's what we are here for. But it's important to recognise the things that go right too."

The award categories include:

  • Sibling Award - celebrating how siblings care, support and advocate for their disabled brothers and sisters.
  • Proudest Moment Award - celebrating the challenges that disabled children overcome that fill their families with pride and make them smile.
  • We Care About Rare Award - recognising the 3.5 million people in the UK living with a rare condition, many who are children, and those families and youngsters who go the extra mile to champion being rare.