Winning Glory As Daisy UK Desire To Inspire

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Below is the press release for our desire to inspire night.


LIVERPOOL charity, Daisy UK, held their first awards ceremony on Wednesday, highlighting all the inspirational work people have done for disability, both inside and outside of the charity.

Daisy UK has won a number of awards for themselves, as a result of all the hard and passionate work they put in, tackling disability issues and helping thousands of young disabled people across Merseyside.

As a mark of gratitude, Dave Kelly, Founder of Daisy UK, wanted to give something back and show some appreciation for those individuals who have helped to make Daisy’s vision a reality, doing wonderful things and envisioning Dave’s goal of inclusion for disabled people.

PR students from Edge Hill University are currently working in collaboration with Daisy UK, so, with the help of all the volunteers and staff from Daisy, they planned and organized the awards event from start to finish.

Nicola Pearce, one of the third year PR students who helped to organise the event said 'Daisy UK are a great charity, we have been so lucky to have this opporunity to work with them. Everyone within the charity is such a great inspiration so it was an honour to award and recognise what great work they all do.'

The awards were split into five categories; Volunteer of the year, Teacher of the year, Outstanding contribution to sport, Best journalistic article and Learner of the year.

Nominations were whittled down by an online vote and the final nominees were judged by an exclusive panel of judges; Liverpool and Walton MP Steve Rotheram, Senior Journalism lecturer Margaret Hale and founder of Daisy UK, Dave Kelly himself.

The winner of the ‘Teacher of the Year’ award was Edge hill University lecturer Daniel Robinson. His compassionate understanding of disability within education is truly inspirational; he currently manages the inclusion of disabled students at Edge Hill and created ‘I Can’t’ a campaign for an international disability awareness day.

Liverpool journalist, Jade Wright came first in the ‘Best journalistic Article’ category. Her moving piece, on a couple that opened their heart and home to adults with learning difficulties, won the judges vote. The article touched the hearts of readers and highlighted the difficulties disabled people face daily.

Paula Wood, won the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award, for her voluntary contributions to Daisy UK. Melissa Griffiths swooped the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sport’ and Connor Barlow was the well deserving winner of the ‘Learner of the Year’ award, for the substantial amount he has achieved in lessons this year.

A 'Special Award for Endeavor' was awarded to St Vincents School, in West Derby, a wonderful charitable school for blind and partially sighted children aged four to 19.

Two special internal awards were also given, one for Manager of Daisy, Ian Gibb as a mark of recognition for all the fantastic and selfless work he has done for Daisy over the years and the other to Aimee Scalfe, a true inspiration and asset to the charity.

The awards will become an annual thing for the charity and hopefully encouragement for all of those individuals who continue selflessly in all of the touching work they do to tackle disability issues within society.

Dave said “The awards were an unbelievable success, I don’t think I have ever seen so many inspirational people together in one place before, from the awards winners, to the award presenters to the attendees; they were all incredible human beings. The evening proved to me it is nice to be inspirational but it’s more inspirational to be nice”

For more information please email or call Sophie Smith on 07946411280.

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