Contact a Family Awards celebrate families with disabled children

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Minister for Disabled People, Penny Mordaunt, joined families with disabled children at Contact a Family’s first ever award ceremony to celebrate the amazing things families do when caring for a disabled child.

The awards organised by Contact a Family — the national charity that supports families with disabled children whatever their disability or medical condition — was held at Speakers House at the Palace of Westminster on 24 January and was attended by over 100 MPs and families and was hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Jane Garvey.

At the event the Minister and MPs met the winners and runners-up of the charity’s six award categories:

  • Parent Carer Award to recognise the amazing things parent carers do to ensure their disabled children can take part in everyday life.
  • Proudest Moment Award recognising the challenges disabled children have overcome that fill their parent carers with pride and make them smile.
  • Sibling Award celebrating the often unseen but great things siblings do for their disabled brothers and sisters.
  • Grandparent Award focusing on all the wonderful, everyday things grandparents do.
  • Parent Power Award for individual parents or local parent groups who have campaigned to make life better for families with disabled children.
  • Family Champion Award for professionals, politicians or government officials who have gone the extra mile to champion the causes of families with disabled children.

Amanda Batten, CEO at Contact a Family, said on the night:

Tonight it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate all the positives that come along with being a family with a disabled child.

At Contact a Family we are all about families and, because of the nature of the services we offer, we naturally hear a lot about when things go wrong for families — struggling to get the right services and support for their child, public attitudes to disability or pressure on relationships for instance.

We established our unique awards to recognise when things go right too. We were overwhelmed by the number of nominations we received and the inspiring stories families told us. Well done to all our finalists — they are all champions in our eyes!

A list of the winners for all six categories can be found here where you can also download a booklet that tells their stories.

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