Taylor Made Dreams, a Crowborough-based charity, that enables children with life limiting illnesses and terminal conditions to achieve their dreams, has won a prestigious community award.
Taylor Made Dreams were shortlisted in the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ category at the Groundwork Community Awards, but as Suzi Mitchell explained they went onto win the overall UK ‘People’s Choice’ Award:
It was a total shock, I almost fell off my chair as we didn’t win our category, we weren’t expecting anything other than being a shortlisted finalist, which in itself was very much appreciated, so to win the People’s Choice Award was just wonderful.
It means so much, and will really benefit the charity and the children and families we work with.
We would like to thank everyone who voted for us in both the ‘Health and Wellbeing’ category and the ‘UK Peoples’ Choice Award’, their support was, and is so deeply appreciated.
This year Groundwork received 750 nominations for the awards. Nominations were assessed by a panel of independent experts with 30 finalists being invited to attend a ceremony in London on Thursday 21th November hosted by BBC South East weather presenter and Groundwork Ambassador, Georgina Burnett.
Taylor Made Dreams was set up in 2011 by Suzi Mitchell, helped by her friend Amanda, when Suzi’s son Taylor passed away at age 15. Before he died, Suzi and her son wrote a bucket list of things he wanted to complete. Suzi decided that she wanted to help children like Taylor to achieve their dreams.
Taylor Made Dreams supports children to fulfil their bucket list dreams and also source and financially support holistic therapy and counselling for the families on their difficult journey.
Groundwork, a national charity who works across the UK to support communities to change places and change lives, launched its awards in 2017 to honour small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support.
Graham Duxbury, CEO of Groundwork, said:
I’d like to congratulate all our finalists on winning their award and thank them for being such an inspiring voice and example for local people. It’s important that we celebrate the doers and change-makers who are working tirelessly in their local communities to improve the lives of people and sustain the services that are so important to our quality of life. We’re delighted that the Groundwork Community Awards have provided a platform to showcase the amazing work that groups across the UK are doing to make their local areas better places to live.
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