Together at 40 Awards: Celebrating your proudest moments
Thursday 27th June 2019
Earlier this week we announced the finalists of our upcoming Together at 40 Awards.
One of the categories is the Proudest Moment Award, for families to tell us about the challenges your disabled child has overcome that fill you with pride and makes you smile. Big or small moments, it doesn't matter.
Brothers Jack and Tom Bosanquet from Keyworth have been nominated in this award. Jack, aged 19, and Tom, aged 16, both have Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and are full-time wheelchair users. But they have shown real determination to pursue their ambitions and make the most of their many talents.
Mum Claire said: "Jack has successfully managed to start a degree in Biology at Birmingham University. He has matured into a confident young man who deals with all that life throws at him calmly. This includes living away from home with 24-hour care support and handling weekly medical appointments. His determination to succeed in the face of chronic fatigue and progressive physical decline is inspiring.
"His brother Tom has additional challenges with his learning too. However we are extremely proud of his determination to succeed and work ethic to try and get to college to study a music-related course. He lights up a room, always wakes with a smile and face the challenges of his condition positively everyday."
And on top of that, the brothers both play power chair football with Nottinghamshire Powerchair Football Club - Tom for the Outlaws Team and Jack for the Nottingham Forest Team.
Shortlisted families are invited to a very special awards ceremony and reception at the Members Dining Room at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by Radio 4 Woman's Hour presenter Jane Garvey on July 8 2019, where the winners will be announced.