With so many great nominees, picking the winners was hard work! We were very grateful to have had some exceptional judges to help us out:
Stuart Andrew MP
Stuart Andrew is the Member of Parliament for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough. He has visited his local Ambassador Club in Leeds to talk to the Young people regarding their campaign and has offered to give representation to the council on their behalf. He is sponsoring the event, hosting the awards, and very supportive of Whizz-Kidz's work.
Harry is a Grants Officer at the Big Lottery Fund, managing a range of grants funded through the Young People’s Fund, including the funding for Kidz Unlimited. He has worked with Whizz-Kidz since the beginning of the grant in the early part of 2009.
He has two grown up children, the youngest of which has just started university, and when not at work spends as much time as possible visiting the Lake District to enjoy the peace and quiet.
David Proud was born with spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. His first professional acting role was as a wheelchair basketball player in the children's TV series Desperados. In June 2009 he became the first disabled actor to play a regular disabled part in BBC’s EastEnders. He played the character Adam Best, son of Manda Best. David approached Whizz-Kidz in late 2010, and is to run drama workshops and other projects at our Ambassador Clubs and Camp Whizz-Kidz residential events. He’s also a supporter of Whizz-Kidz’s campaign FastForward – a drive to reform wheelchair services for young people.
Fran Williamson is a five-time world champion and six time paralympic medallist, who represented Great Britain for over ten years. Outside of her sporting achievements, she holds a first class degree in social policy and is nearing completion of a masters degree in disability policy. Fran has been working with Whizz-Kidz throughout 2011 as a Champion and Paralympic Ambassador. She also attended 10 Downing Street as part of the charity’s “Fast Forward’ campaign to call for wheelchair provision reform.
David is Director of College Development at the National Star College, a residential specialist college of further education in Cheltenham where he has worked for over 20 years. David develops and manages innovative projects around enabling technology, develops training and professional development programmes for young people, staff and trainee teachers. He also develops partnerships with schools throughout Europe, Kenya, India and the United States in order that young people with disabilities can reach their full potential through innovative and exciting experiences. David is currently running a series of Skills for Life workshops for Whizz-Kidz ambassador clubs across the UK.
Joanna is the Manager of BBC Children in Need’s ‘Fun and Friendship Programme’. This is a programme involving ten organisations, including Whizz-Kidz, from all parts of the UK that support disabled young people to have fun and socialise as independently as possible. Joanna has worked with BBC Children in Need for two and a half years and prior to that has worked for nearly twenty years with different children’s charities and development organisations in the UK and overseas.