On Saturday 11th November an unforgettable event took place at the prestigious Radisson Blu Portman Hotel in Central London. The Autism Hero Awards was handed over to Anna Kennedy OBE by its founder Jo Kirton Salmon two 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.
What is the Autism Hero Awards?
Anna and the charity 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.
Winners were chosen by a panel of distinguished judges who were Kacey Ainsworth , Vicky Grammatikopoulou , Jo Redman, Eve Ferret , Georgina Oliphant-Hope and Roger Colvin.
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”.
The evening commenced with a red carpet welcome drink on arrival, a delicious three-course meal, DJ, entertainment and Angus Baskerville magician entertaining guests with his captivating talent. All proceeds for the evening were donated to the Anna Kennedy Online Charity to continue its dynamic work in raising Autism awareness within society.
The MC Austin Hughes had the audience from tears to laughter in minutes and the entertainment was phenomenal, starting with Pineapple Performing Arts who opened the evening with a remarkable dance routine, there were two extraordinary performances by Emma Ahwai, Autism’s Got talent star and MacCauley Elvin, who sang his debut single ‘Hollow’ that he wrote and recorded for the Charity’s ‘Give Us A Break campaign’ for antibullying week, this is available on iTunes for £0.99p and all proceeds with go to the Charity. Macauley Elvin was also announced as the UK ambassador as well as the charity’s first Overseas Ambassador Dani Bowman was revealed with a motivating clip from the USA. With exciting new 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.
Amongst the room full of heroes, there were celebrities present which included Danielle Lloyd, Kacey Ainsworth, Richard Mylan and his son Jaco Mylan; Legendary Heather Small the voice of M people attended, who not only attended but also sang ‘Search for a hero’ both impromptu and acapella and the end of the ceremonies, which left sensational finale to a very emotional evening.
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Anna Kennedy Online, would like to say a huge thank you to our Sponsors, the Autism Hero Awards would not be possible if it was not for the generous support of our partners. We are extremely grateful for their help in making this happen.