Two of our Westminster parliamentary champions, Baroness Thomas of Winchester and Paul Maynard MP, won an award at last night’s Dods Charity Champion Awards.
Baroness Thomas was voted Health Champion and Paul Maynard was voted Society Champion in voting which is only open to MPs and Peers.
Baroness Thomas and Paul Maynard, who were both nominated by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, received thoroughly deserved recognition for their tireless work to improve access to services.
Baroness Thomas has been an invaluable supporter in leading the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s battle for improved access to specialist neuromuscular care in Parliament, including securing the increase in care advisors across the UK, and in probing the action that NHS commissioners have taken to develop services.
Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People and has provided inspirational leadership in fighting for better services and facilities for disabled people with Trailblazers across the UK.
Baroness Thomas, accepting the award, paid tribute to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign’s supporters who continuously battle for better services and vowed that the fight will go on. Paul Maynard highlighted the powerful forensic investigations of the Trailblazers, particularly in probing high profile panellists at All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People inquiry sessions and stressed that there was still plenty of work to do.
Phillippa Farrant, whose son has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and who also chairs the Duchenne Family Support Group, said:
Celia’s dedication and commitment towards the fight against muscle disease is truly inspirational. We wouldn’t have been able to achieve the breakthroughs we have seen recently without her help. The hundreds of families I speak to regularly really value her support.
Trailblazer Catherine Alexander from the Wirral, said:
Paul is a fantastic role model for other young disabled people who want to play a part in the way we shape our country. By setting up and leading the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People he has shown that politics is for everyone and given us the chance to highlight the issues that can really restrict our opportunities. He has encouraged us to take control of the group and put the power in our hands, and by doing this he has helped to change the way companies and organisations see young disabled people.
Baroness Thomas and Paul Maynard have followed in the footsteps of Dave Anderson MP, who was voted Health Champion at these awards last year, and highlights the impact that the charity and our supporters are having on MPs and Peers.
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