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Bobby recognised with national autism award

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Team BRIT GT4 driver Bobby Trundley has been recognised at a major national awards ceremony.

22-year-old Bobby is a driver for Team BRIT and was named ‘Young Person of the Year’ at the Anna Kennedy Charity ‘Autism Heroes Awards’ on Saturday 11th June. This follows his earlier recognition from the charity in 2016, where he received the ‘Outstanding Achievement in Sport’ award.

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Dr Oussama Abdallah

An article by one of our Autism Hero Award finalists from Syria

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Dr. Oussama Abdallah is a Syrian child psychiatrist who has been working in the field of ASD for over twenty years. His journey started as a volunteer at the Homme De Terre Association for disabilities, when he was a student at the School of Medicine, in Damascus. At that time, Autism as a subject matter was starting to be shed light on. Therefore, he wrote his MD graduation project about the Spectrum.

Following that, Dr. Abdallah travelled to the United Kingdom and continued his higher education at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne. He was awarded an MA in Autism by the Faculty of Health, Community and Education Studies at Northumbria University. He has a Postgraduate Certificate in ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’ from Sheffield Hallam University in co-operation with the National Autistic Society.

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Currently, he is finalising his PhD in Developmental Disorders, with particular reference to the Emotional and Behavioural abnormalities in Childhood, at Ulster University.

His PhD focuses on a national plan for ASD and other learning disabilities in Syria. This study is being performed on a very large scale (over 7000 children).

In May 2010, Dr Abdallah was awarded as the ‘Leader of the Future’: ‘Dr. Oussama Abdallah has been successful in gaining an award for his submission for ‘Leader of the Future’ in the field of Learning Disabilities.

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In recognition of his achievement, he has been invited to attend the BILD 2010 International Research and Practice Conference, on 5 to 7 May 2010 which is being held at The Grand Hotel, Malahide, Dublin.  Where he will be presented with his award at the conference dinner on Thursday 6 May and also presents a keynote address on Friday 7 May 2010 at 2.15 pm for 45 mins.’   (BILD 22-04-2010)

Dr. Abdallah has been working as a National Academic Liaison Officer (ALO) in Syria for the College of Medicine and Dentistry/ BPP university – Birmingham, in addition to being a clinical consultant and scientific advisor at Wojood Centre, in the field of learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and alternative developmental disorders, as well as psychological support for traumatic children.

He has also been chosen as a member of the medical advisory board at AutisMedi- Turkey. As a personal project, Dr. Abdallah has been trying to connect the British experience with the initial Syrian attempts in the field of Autism, to create new links and terms that can improve the possibilities of helping ASD people in the Syrian society. After the Syrian crisis, he has worked with associations, trainees, and parents in general, and in refugee camps with great interest of ASD and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr Abdallah’s work includes planning and designing strategies for the benefit of ASD children and their families, as well as, improving the quality of established services in the field of psychosocial support, mental and psychological development of children, with many NGOs in the Syrian society.

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He has also been working on maintaining children’s rights in the social and educational services and giving advice to governmental agencies to take the appropriate measures of integrating ASD children in the educational system as well as providing them, their families, and the associations working in this field, with the necessary assistance and support.

Dr. Abdallah has been a project leader and research supervisor at many research projects from the Ministry of Health, UNHCR, and Northumbria University.

Mainly, the cooperative project on the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, during Iraqi war, on the emotional and behavioural development of Iraqi displaced children in Syria.

He has participated in a number of national and international conferences as a keynote speaker and planned as well as attended many workshops that deal with the latest information and updates in the field of ASD research.

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This year, Dr Oussama Abdallah has been nominated as one of the three finalists for The Lifetime Award provided by the Anna Kennedy online Autism Hero Awards in London; this nomination raises hope for the entire Syrian community that works and supports people with ASD and their families in very hard conditions.

It is a real great success and a rewarding pay back that the work of a Syrian doctor in this field under the pressure of war circumstances has been recognised by a very respectful, expert, and prestigious organisation. It is a huge ‘Lifetime’ achievement that will reinforce and provide more positive efforts and future hope to the whole ASD community in Syria.  

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Our Autism Hero Awards

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On Saturday 11th June at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London, we hosted our fifth Autism Hero awards.

Winners were chosen by a panel of prominent judges who were David Grant MBE, Kacey Ainsworth, Jo Luck, Detective Chief Inspector Dion Brown, Dr Pam Spurr and Russell Kane.

The winners were all presented with their awards by sponsors, celebrities, charity Ambassadors, Patrons, and Anna Kennedy OBE.

David Grant MBE and Dr Pam Spurr shared their experiences on how tough it was to make their choices as they read such compelling concise biographies of the individuals and groups who were nominated from across the UK and Overseas.

Founder of the charity Anna Kennedy shared: “The Autism Hero Awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of people that show dedication, commitment, and courage of all the nominees and winners are inspirational. The awards are a great way to celebrate these accomplishments and unforgotten heroes and what life-changing impacts are made on people’s lives. It was a privilege to be in a room full of such inspirational people and understand how each finalist had accomplished by sharing details of their journey.”

It was inspiring each of their lived-in experiences led them to be outstanding hero’s. A huge congratulations all the finalists.

Our winners were:

Special Recognition Award – Bryan Chandler

Charity Supporter of the Year – Giuliana Wheater

Sibling of the Year Award – Emily Maxfield

Creative Arts and Media Award – Samantha Grierson

Young Person of the Year Award – Bobby Trundley

Personal Achievement Award -Grace Parr

Outstanding Community Award – Sutton EHCP Crisis Campaign

Online Social Network Award – Kent Autistic Trust.

The Lifetime Award – Debbie Marshall

Parent/Carer of the Year Award – Imogen Robson-Hemmings

Support Group of the Year Award – Jane Green

Leading Business Award – Teach Rex

Outstanding Education Award – Somerset School

People’s Autism Hero Award – Jane Green

The Autism Hero Awards shows just how many people are in our children and adult’s corner.

Fighting beside them, with them, and for them. Fighting every day is hard for parents, carers, and autistic individuals.

Knowing there are so many people in their corner, is overwhelmingly heart-warming!

Please click here for details of each winner!

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Giuliana Wheater – sharing her journey

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Our wonderful Ambassador Giuliana Wheater was awarded the Charity Supporter of the Year, at the Autism Hero Awards and would like to share her incredible journey as well as a video with you:

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When I began this journey, I was a woman who had had no voice at all for 17 years. As a mum to four neurodiverse children, two of whom who are I the autism spectrum, I was fighting for them to be heard, supported, valued, and included.

That journey, particularly with my son Ollie, birthed the work I do today. I realised that what was happening to him, exclusion on all sorts of levels, horrific bullying, and a total lack of expectation from his school, was happening to children and young adults not just in the UK bit all over the world.

Giuliana Wheater - sharing her journey

Our journey became one I absolutely needed to share with others, whether that advice, knowledge, information, therapy sessions, endless blogs, magazine articles, seminars, webinars, prolific free public speaking, a YouTube channel and 2k strong public Facebook group during Covid when as a therapist I beardy lost everything, and taking my training info schools, charities and organisations all over the world.

I have never given up whatever else is going on.

I never will.

I just want to give, do and be more and more and more do that I can help these kids bloom.

I never ever ever in a thousand billion years expected the life that has since happened for me.

This is my destiny.

I will never stop this work, this passion, this belief and to educate and advocate for long needed change and acceptance.

Giuliana Wheater - sharing her journeyWhen I was awarded the Autism Hero Award by Dr Anna Kennedy OBE for the Charity Supporter of the Year, I had no idea I had even been nominated or was in the running.

I was busy sharing the event on all my social media platforms and website to celebrate the incredible, selfless, tireless, and dedicated heroes who are all making change happen.

Little did I know!!!!

I did cry when I found out and I have not cried for myself in nine years. But it was good crying!!

As someone who has been behind others for 20+ years, cheering them on, believing in them unswervingly, shouting until all voices are heard and helping to grow all the delicious potential, I see in every single unique human being I am honoured to meet, I am used to just being in the background.

Anna made me feel a million dollars …. Actually, winning that award is priceless.

Anna made me feel seen and heard for the first time in all my adult life. And I could not be prouder to be part of the AKO family and a genuine charity with a pure big heart.

The familiar faces I met again was just joyful and it was absolutely heart bursting to meet new people too who have deeply inspired me.

Every single person in that room was a hero. I mean that with all my heart.

This award and certificate are for all my thousands of children, including my biological children.

Thank you for always being my biggest teachers.

This award belongs to all of you, not me.

Lots of love, Giuliana x

 

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The Autism Heroes 2021 – announcing our winners!

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On Saturday 11th June 2022, Anna Kennedy Online hosted the Autism Hero Awards, an unforgettable evening.

It was a privilege to be in a room full of such inspirational people and understand how each finalist had accomplished by sharing details of their journey.

A huge congratulations to our winners who are:

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Special Recognition Award – Bryan Chandler

Charity Supporter of the Year – Giuliana Wheater

Sibling of the Year Award – Emily Maxfield

Creative Arts and Media Award – Samantha Grierson

Young Person of the Year Award – Bobby Trundley

Personal Achievement Award -Grace Parr

Outstanding Community Award – Sutton EHCP Crisis Campaign

Online Social Network Award – Kent Autistic Trust

The Lifetime Award – Debbie Marshall

Parent/Carer of the Year Award – Imogen Robson-Hemmings

Support Group of the Year Award – Jane Green

Leading Business Award – Teach Rex

Outstanding Education Award – Somerset School

People’s Autism Hero Award – Jane Green

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Anna Kennedy Online Charity and our judging panel are proud to announce the finalists for the Autism Hero Awards 2021, congratulations!

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Our judges had a really tough time selecting the finalists as so many people give so much time to help the lives of others. It was hard to choose finalists because they are all so deserving.

The Autism Community therefore has so much to give to society of large and they are all winners!

The celebration will be taking place at the prestigious Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XG. Please click here for details. The evening will commence at 6pm with a red-carpet welcome drink on arrival, a delicious three-course meal, DJ, entertainment. Carriages at 12.30. Click here to buy your tickets!

All proceeds for the evening will be donated to the Anna Kennedy Online charity to continue its dynamic work in raising Autism awareness within society.

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Anna Kennedy Online recognises that this is a very challenging time for everyone and appreciate your understanding and support. We have had to make a difficult decision to postpone the Autism Hero Awards until  Saturday 11th June 2022. The health and safety of the community is of utmost importance to us as a charity, please be reassured that we have worked tirelessly to do everything possible to ensure we provide a world-class and safe event.

Although the decision to reschedule our event was not taken lightly, and the current concerns around the virus, we look forward until then, stay safe and healthy.

All purchases for the November date will be honoured for the rescheduled June 2022 dates and tickets will continue to be on sale. Updates to the new date will be made in due course.

Thank you for your continued support…

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Announcing the Autism Hero finalists 2021!!!

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Online Social Award

Molly Brooks

Debbie Marshall

The Kent Autistic Trust

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Support group Award

Jane Green

Chrissa Wadlow

Debbie Marshall

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Sibling of the Year Award

Lucy Gates

Melanie Beckley

Emily Maxfield

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People’s Autism Hero Award

Julia Hooper

Jane Green

T’mya Fyffe

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Young Person of the Year Award

Maryam Ahmed

Bobby Trundley

Alfie Bowen

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Lifetime Award

Debbie Marshall

Dr Abdallah

Natasha Britton

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Outstanding community Award

Debbie Marshall

Julia Hopper

Sutton EHCP Crisis Campaign Group

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Creative Arts and Media Award

Kyriacos Kalafatis

Alisar Taylor

Sam Grierson

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Parent / Carer Award

Lisa Jones

Debbie Abelo

Imogen Robson-Hemmings

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Personal Achievement Award

Molly Brooks

Kate Donnelly

Grace Parr

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Outstanding Education Award

Somerset School

Adele Devine

James Matthew Flannagan

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Leading Business Award

Teach Rex

Declan O’Malley Busy Blanket

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer

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Autism Hero Award – the highlights 2019

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Please watch below the Autism Hero Award the highlights 2019, created by our incredible charity patron Russell Wiggins

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On Saturday 9th November Anna Kennedy Online celebrated its 4th Autism Hero Awards event that took place at the outstanding Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

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What is the Autism Hero Awards?

The Autism Hero Awards was handed over to Anna Kennedy OBE by its founder Jo Kirton Salmon three years ago where Anna presented the awards for Wales. Jo wanted to hand over the awards to Anna, so she could expand the event and share the event across the UK.

Anna and her team from Anna Kennedy Online wanted to create an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism. This is a unique way to celebrate and showcase accomplishments as well as enhancing Autism awareness and acceptance.

Anna Kennedy OBE shared “Every year, we seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have proved excellence, dedication and commitments to impacting lives that have been making a real difference in the world of autism.” This honourable occasion was a unique opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have proved excellence, dedication and commitments to impacting lives that have been making a real difference.

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Winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges who were Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Kacey Ainsworth, Glen Knight, Jo Luck, Chris Bonnello, Frank Khalid and Marianna Dean​.Amongst the room full of heroes, there were celebrities present which included Kacey Ainsworth, Dr Pam Spurr and Danielle Mason.

The winners were all presented with their awards by sponsors, celebrities and judges.

The judges shared their experiences on how tough it was to make their choices as they read such compelling concise biographies of the individuals whom were nominated that not only impacted people’s lives and making positive changes selflessly.

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Dr Anna Kennedy OBE said: “The Autism Hero Awards recognise the extraordinary achievements of people that show dedication, commitment and courage of all the nominees and winners is inspirational. The awards are a great way to celebrate these accomplishments and unforgotten heroes and what life changing impacts are made on people’s lives”.

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On the night

The evening celebrations commenced with a red-carpet welcome drink on arrival, a delicious three-course meal, followed by special announcements, the announcements of the winners which were followed by a DJ, entertainment to celebrate every finalist.

Pineapple Performing Arts opened the evening with an outstanding dance routine, there were two amazing singers Daniel Docherty our charity ambassador and Liam Burgess who are performers at Autism’s Got Talent star and once again received a standing ovation.

The evening was a huge success with emotions and gratitude hearing the obstacles and successes of each finalist through sheer determination and dedication.

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The winners

The evening was a huge success with emotions and gratitude hearing the obstacles and successes of each finalist through sheer determination and dedication.

The audience felt humbled and honoured to share such an amazing evening and realisation that nothing is impossible, and the audience were overwhelmed to experience very emotional life experiences.

All the finalists were sensational people in society and the Autism world who will continue to rock the world. The winners of the Autism Hero Winners 2019 are:

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More details on each winner to follow soon!

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I am now The people’s autism hero.

I honestly can’t believe it, i am like totally blown away has been the hardest and most emotional weekend ever. Thank you so so much Suzanne Mccue for coming to support me as i totally broke down on the stage speech as i was taken away i would have never dreamed i would min the main award of the evening. Even thinking about i am still crying now as i right this post as it means the world to me and i never thought i would be where i am today’s. Autism is awesome and i love it.

Cant believe i won the award ( The people’s autism hero award. ) and also finalist as a entrepreneurial. Was the only person in two awards.

Thank you so so much to the @autism hero Awards and Annakennedyonline for giving me this award. But also a massive thank you to all of you guys as i received the 100s of nominations without even knowing. Without you guys I couldn’t keep going and am super grateful as i told my self no one will care about you and you will not ever win. I do this to my self so i project my self and feelings but even tho i speak to people every day, this was the most emotional heart breaking evening of my life.

The train down i lost my suit and didn’t remember till we where in London, we had to then go buy a new one as didn’t know what Elsa to do. Then got soaked and then finally got to the hotel. After a little down time we went to the awards and i was totally blown away I won the award. For a long time I always felt i am a no one but last night showed i mean something to some people.

Last night was the first time for that moment I didn’t feel worthless i felt like i was finally ok to be me. This award as given me more than you can ever give someone. Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart you are all Awesometistic and i promise i will not stop helping and voicing as long as i have you guys i will always do my best

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I wanted to attend the Autism Hero Awards, and I am so glad I did. The awards celebrated siblings, parents and guardians, businesses, teachers, and autistic individuals. I sat in a room filled with people that fight for autistic people. I heard stories of those with the greatest of empathy for the affect autism has.

To hear of siblings, like my brother, who stand by their siblings as they fight through life. The awards are run by Anna Kennedy who has championed autism for many years as her two sons are autistic.

The charity, Anna Kennedy Online, does incredible things for those who are autistic and their families, raising awareness and supporting us.

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Had such an incredible night last night with such amazing people at the “Autism Hero Awards” catching up with such wonderful people who I’ve missed so much.

Thank you so much to the amazing Anna Kennedy and the rest of the AKO Team for putting all this together. Plus well done to the outstanding Daniel Docherty for performing last night you were amazing as always mate can’t wait to catch up again with you and everyone soon

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With all these continuous and very exciting developments of the charity, it is fundamental in raising Autism awareness with remarkable advocates on board as the positive way to reach out to the wider audiences and empower them with knowledge and strength.

All proceeds for the evening were donated to the Anna Kennedy Online Charity to continue its dynamic work in raising Autism awareness within society.

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Anna Kennedy Online Charity and Judging panel are proud to announce the finalists for the Autism Hero Awards 2019, congratulations!

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Our judges had a really tough time selecting the finalists this year, as so many people give so much time to help the lives of others. It was hard to choose finalists because they are all so deserving.

The Autism Community therefore has so much to give to society of large and they are all winners!

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Special message from Dr Anna Kennedy OBE:
“Together with my team we want to celebrate the unforgotten heroes that go the extra mile and make life changing steps that impact and improve the quality of life for autistic individuals and the lives of their families.There will also be a Special Recognition Award and Charity Volunteer of the Year which will be announced on the night. I look forward to meeting you and congratulations for being a finalist”

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Outstanding community Award

Melanie Timberlake

Clair Prosser

Jane Lord

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Online Social Award

Freddie Smith

Nikki Robertson

Laura Price

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Young Person of the Year Award

Morgan Smith

Jermaine Cartwright 

Jayden Worthington

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Parent / Carer Award

Kenny Elvin

Lisa Monaghan

Louise Quinn-Flipping

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Sibling of the Year Award

Owen Elvin

Alice Partington

Seray Marius

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Outstanding Education Award

Agata Benson

Joel Mellor

Donna Swan

Deborah Shepherd

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Lifetime Award

Mark Morton

Tanya Phillips

Becky Farmer

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Creative Arts and Media Award

Noah Loo

Siddharth Gadiyar

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Leading Business Award

Tom Cliffe

Ali Knowles

Portland College

Richard Fetherston

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Personal Achievement Award

Kelly Waite

Charlotte Banfield

Martin Hunter

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People’s Autism Hero Award

Richard Smith

Hazel Lim

Louise Kirby

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Entrepreneurial Award

Rebecca Taylor

Richard Smith

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The celebration will be taking place at the prestigious Chelsea Harbour Hotel, Chelsea Harbour, London SW10 0XG. Please click here for details.

The evening will commence at 6pm with a red-carpet welcome drink on arrival, a delicious three-course meal, DJ, entertainment. Carriages at 12.30. Click here to buy your tickets!

All proceeds for the evening will be donated to the Anna Kennedy Online charity to continue its dynamic work in raising Autism awareness within society.

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