Holidays for families with additional needs

310. Maureen Thomas

Spent the last 25 years helping over 3000 children with special needs and their families enjoy the rest and relaxation of a holiday or a day out. Maureen Thomas, from Seaforth, near Bootle, started organising holidays and days out for children with physical and mental disabilities and their families after the loss of her son […]

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Life skills through sailing

309. Chris Wolley

A  sailor who has helped over 1,000 young people to develop life skills through sailing. Chris Wolley, 64, is a trustee and chief instructor at the Rona Sailing Project, based on the banks of the River Hamble in Southampton. Over the last 40 years, Chris has led over 100 voyages taking 1,000 young people out […]

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Blue Skye Thinking

307. Sally Hall
308. Andy Hall

A family from Oxfordshire, whose tireless efforts in memory of their son have raised £200,000 to fund research into improvements in the treatment of childhood cancers. While he was undergoing treatment for side effects of his treatment for an aggressive brain tumour, five year old Skye Hall was inspired by games played by the nurses, […]

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Ballet for every body

306. Katie Sparkes

 Founded a ballet school that helps over 1200 children with disabilities to enjoy dance and music alongside their able-bodied friends. Katie Sparkes, 35 from Bristol, setup Flamingo Chicks in 2013 to help develop confidence, social skills, co-ordination, communication and concentration for children who have disabilities in the Bristol area. In the last year and a half, […]

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Finding a cure for paralysis

305. David Nicholls

A loving father from Kent who has raised over £2.5 million to fund research into a cure for paralysis to help his son walk again. David Nicholls, 58, set up the charity after his son Daniel, swam into a wave on Bondi Beach on his gap year in 2003 and hit a hidden sandbank and broke […]

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Saving lives with dogs

304. Dave Barley

Became Staffordshire’s first Search and Rescue Dog pair with his four year old border collie ‘Red’. David, 51, a member of Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team realised how much search and rescue dogs could help the team in 2011 after watching the work of volunteer mountain rescue dogs.  He spent years researching how to train […]

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Building classroooms in the clouds

302. Mike Hagen
303. Sarah Hagen

Have dedicated over 7 years between them to advancing the education of rural Nepalese children. In 2008, Mike and Sarah Hagen, age 57 and 59, were inspired to improve the education of children in Nepal after they trekked in the region. Soon after they visited, they became Trustees of the charity ‘Classroom in the Clouds’ […]

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Inclusive badminton inspiration

301. Jeff Johnson

Has spent over 35 years coaching badminton and encouraging athletes with disabilities to play the sport. Jeff Johnson, a teaching assistant, has volunteered at Bryn Badminton Club in the Wigan and District League since 1978 and has coached thousands of local people to improve their badminton skills. Passionate about giving everyone a chance to play the […]

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