Lloyds TSB Overall 'Championing Change' Award

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Autism NI has been selected as the overall Northern Ireland winner of the Championing Change Charity Award from Lloyds TSB Foundation. Autism NI's Kerry Boyd is thrilled with the Charity's achievements and expressed her gratitude to the support network of the Autism community, "We are absolutely delighted to receive such a prestigious award from Lloyds TSB Foundation, and for being recognised for our achievements in championing change.

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Autism NI specifically wants to extend our thanks to all the parents and volunteers who work tirelessly to support our Charity and vision. Our family support groups across Northern Ireland are the backbone of Autism NI and a huge part of our growth and success in the community. We look forward to continue our relationship with our groups and influence change in the wider society."

The Foundations organised the awards to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the Northern Ireland winners were announced in July 2015. Lloyds Bank Foundation NI Executive Director Sandra Kelso-Robb comments, "The aim of the awards is to showcase how local charities are working at the frontline of tackling disadvantage and bettering lives in their communities. The UK-wide awards recognise the work of outstanding small and medium-sized charities, which have benefited from grants from the Lloyds Bank Foundation of NI, England, Wales and the Channel Islands.

The sector has been facing massive funding cuts in recent years but these awards show how groups and individuals are rallying, ensuring that there is hope of a better future for their communities," she added.