BAFTA Nominee Ruth Madeley a ‘role model’ for disabled youth

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BAFTA nominee Ruth Madeley’s success will give disabled children and young people belief in their own potential. While Madeley narrowly missed out on the Leading Actress award at tonight’s BAFTA Television Awards, we believe her nomination set an amazing example for young disabled people.

Madeley was nominated for the award for her portrayal of Anna in the critically-acclaimed BBC3 fact-based drama ‘Don’t take my baby’. Despite this being her first leading role, Madeley was pipped for the gong against nominees Sheridan Smith, Claire Foy, and winner Suranne Jones.

The hit drama ‘Don’t take my baby’ also took home the award for Best Single Drama.

Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:

“Everyone at Whizz-Kidz is absolutely thrilled for Ruth; to be nominated for Leading Actress at the BAFTAs is incredible, and we really couldn’t be prouder of this incredible, well-deserved recognition of her enormous talent.

“Ruth’s not only a wonderful actress, she’s also a fantastic fundraiser – and her incredible hard work here at Whizz-Kidz is something we’re so grateful for.

“Ruth is a fantastic role model for our young Ambassadors; her nomination will give young disabled people belief in their own potential, and show them that – when there is equality of opportunity – independence, recognition, and success in a career you love, is entirely possible.”

George Fielding, Chair of the Whizz-Kidz Kidz Board, said:           

“Ruth’s nomination for the Leading Actress BAFTA sets an amazing example for young disabled people, of which she should be very proud indeed. 

“As a Whizz-Kidz Ambassador myself, I know first-hand the difference our work makes to the lives of disabled children.

“As Ruth rightly takes her place on the world’s stage, I hope the public see just how enormous the positive impact Whizz-Kidz has on the lives of young disabled people in the UK.”

Alongside her acting, Ruth also works at Whizz-Kidz, the disabled children’s charity that she once was an Ambassador for. Since 1990, Whizz-Kidz has transformed the lives of disabled children by providing the vital equipment, support and life skills they need to reach their full potential.

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