Trailblazer Michaela Hollywood, who was recently awarded a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron, has been named by the BBC in their list of 100 inspirational women who are working to change their world in 2015.
Michaela, who is 25 years old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, was recognised for her incredible fundraising efforts for Muscular Dystrophy UK and for encouraging hundreds of others to fundraise themselves.
Michaela is also a passionate campaigner for disability equality and founded Trailblazers in Northern Ireland back in 2008 after she encountered difficulties accessing a music concert in Belfast.
I’m delighted to be named among so many incredible, empowering women from right across the world. This recognition proves that Trailblazers are making a difference, and I believe it is every bit as much a group accolade as it is for me. I look forward to continuing working with everyone to push society forward as we move onwards to improve the lives of individuals living with disabilities in the UK.
Nic Bungay, Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Director of Campaigns, Care and Information, said:
We are incredibly proud of Michaela. She is a huge inspiration to other young people with muscle-wasting conditions and it’s wonderful to see the BBC recognising her achievements. Well done Michaela!
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