Getting the email on Friday 23rd June to say that I was a finalist for the BQF (British Quality Foundation) for a Patrons Award, I felt like I had to look at the email twice after my mum (Dawn) told me about it first. I was on my way to an indoor go karting track in Basildon for a birthday treat when my mum read the email.

 

To be announced as a shortlisted finalist is a massive honour and to be fair, I didn’t expect to be announced as a shortlisted finalist as I felt that getting nominated and shortlisted was an amazing achievement in itself.

 

Going through the process of putting together a PowerPoint presentation and then having to do a Teams meeting in front of an independent panel of judges, the latter I almost forgot about, until I was given a reminder that the Teams was being held on that day. The most nerve-racking part of the teams meeting was getting asked different questions afterwards, I’m not normally the one to answer questions about myself, I generally ask questions to others.

 

I am so proud to be announced as a shortlisted finalist for the BQF Individual Patrons Award, although I feel it is for the entire team. My mum (Dawn), dad (Keith) and I will be attending the event on 5th October to be held in the prestigious London Hilton Hotel.  Since joining AKO it has helped me to grow in self-esteem, my community work with Teamaveryessex is also very important to me.  To be recognised for my community work means I am doing something good for others.  The awards are great but giving back is even greater!

 

My name is Aston Avery, I am autistic and I am proud!

 

Congratulations Aston, from everyone at Anna Kennedy Online. We’re all very proud of you.

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