Whizz-Kidz Champion Ruth Madeley receives Leading Actress BAFTA nomination

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Ruth Madeley, former Whizz-Kidz’s Kidz Board member, has been nominated in the Best Actress category in this year’s BAFTA TV Awards for her performance in ‘Don’t Take My Baby’.

The BBC 3 factual drama tells the story of a disabled couple’s fight to keep their new-born baby. This emotional tale, broadcast in July 2015, follows 21 year old wheelchair user Anna, played by Ruth Madeley, and partially sighted Tom, played by Adam Long, as they are forced to prove they are capable of looking after their daughter - a situation many disabled couples find themselves in.

Celebrating the news of her nomination, Ruth Madeley said:

“I cannot express my surprise and joy when I saw my nomination on Twitter this morning – we’re on cloud nine!

‘Don’t Take My Baby’ is a true-life testimonial of a disabled couple struggling to keep their baby from social services. Playing Anna was an opportunity and privilege to showcase some of the upsetting circumstances disabled couples face when they have a baby. I hope this film helped break down some of the prejudices and beliefs society has about disabled couples with children.

My dream to be nominated for an award alongside inspiring actresses like Sheridan Smith, Suranne Jones and Claire Foy has become a reality. I am truly grateful and flattered and can’t wait for 8th May!” 

Joining Ruth Madeley in her celebrations, Ruth Owen, Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz, said:

“We are extremely delighted to hear the fantastic news that Ruth Madeley has been nominated in the Best Actress category in this year’s BAFTA TV Awards. 

Ruth’s nomination comes as no surprise. Since we met her when she was 5 years old and now as a full time member of Whizz-Kidz’s fundraising team, she has never stopped trying to achieve her goals and dreams - no barrier is too tough for her to beat down. Her role in ‘Don’t Take My Baby’ is one that challenges society’s perceptions of disabled couples being parents and this nomination is hugely deserved.

Whizz-Kidz works hard to help break down challenges and barriers that young disabled people face and we are delighted that Ruth, along with many of our young people, has gone on to achieve her dreams.” 

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