Celebrating the achievements of effective and inspiring campaigners is at the heart of what we do here at the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) –and funding is vital in helping us do this. We have launched this fundraising campaign with a goal of raising £5K to help us recognise outstanding campaigners at our SMK 2017 Campaigner Awards.
Nine of our ten Awards are sponsored but the People’s Choice Award – which recognises a particularly high-profile campaign or campaigner – is both supported and decided by you - our friends and supporters. This years’ nominees are here. Please do vote for your choice of winner and help us celebrate them by donating to our fund. All donations, both big and small, are hugely appreciated.
By way of thanks, we will be pulling the names of five donors out of a hat and inviting them to our Award ceremony at the House of Lords on the evening of March 23rd. This is always a really special event guaranteed to entertain, move and inspire. Names of those who donate before Monday 13th March will also be thanked in our Campaign Awards brochure and web page (unless requested otherwise).
(2016) Sam Jefferies played a central role in the Hear My Voice campaign, launched by Mencap in the run up to the last General Election. Sam, a volunteer who has a learning disability, shared his story with Parliamentarians and other decision-makers, and encouraged others with learning disabilities to speak out too. Thanks to Sam and the campaign, the voices of those with learning disabilities were heard.
(2015) The Youth Alcohol Group brought together young people from across the UK to campaign against the irresponsible advertising of alcohol to children and young people. Chante Joseph, a member of the Council said “It’s fantastic to be recognized for what we’ve achieved so far but there’s more to do. Underestimate young people at your peril”.