THE Sun has been named Media of the Year for its campaigning work for families with disabled children.
Our award, presented by the charity Sense, recognises our work with the Disabled Children’s Partnership, an alliance of 60 charities.
Our Give It Back campaign is calling for the Government to pay back the £434million a year owed in support and care services.
Paralympian judoka Jack Hodgson presented The Sun with the award at the charity’s base in Birmingham yesterday.
Richard Kramer, chief executive of Sense, said: “The Sun has given us an incredible public platform to talk about an issue that hasn’t been raised before.
“People now have a better understanding of what it’s like to support a son or daughter with disabilities 24 hours a day and often without support, and that’s wrong.”
GIVE IT BACK
Why we demand the Government helps families with disabled kids:
Disabled children and their families are desperately struggling because of a lack of support.
We want the Government to reinstate the £434m of funding it has cut from early intervention services – such as respite care and vital equipment.
It is time for the Government to Give It Back.
The number of disabled children in the UK has risen to nearly 1 million over the past 10 years – up by a third.
But funding and support has been cut.
Families with some of the most vulnerable children in the country are struggling to cope.
That’s why we’re working with the Disabled Children’s Partnership to help them.
Together we can make a real difference and hugely improve the lives of disabled children and their families.
We want you to share your stories, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please sign Ollie’s letter to put pressure on the Government to act now.
Lisa Cameron, MP for East Kilbride, and winner of Sense’s Parliamentarian of the Year, thanked The Sun for our work.
She said: “I think it’s a really inspirational campaign and I’ll definitely be taking it back to Government.”
Other winners at the 16th Sense awards included Sibling of the Year Nathaniel Greenhouse, eight, from York.
He supports his ten-year-old brother Alexander, who has epilepsy, autism and learning difficulties. Mum Annie said: “He has a magic touch of calmness, patience and tolerance.”
The Sun says
THE Sun is proud to have taken a stand for disabled kids and their families, hit hard by Government cuts.
And we’re honoured that the public interest journalism of our Give It Back campaign won the Media of the Year award from the charity Sense.
The real prize, though, is that the Government IS listening. It must now reinstate the £434million taken from respite care and vital equipment.
Then we will truly celebrate.
WHERE TO GET HELP
Contact A Family Support And Advice, 0808 808 3555
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) – for specialist legal advice
Newlife – a charity that provides help with equipment
GOV.UK – to understand your child’s entitlements
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