Lloyds TSB Overall UK 'Championing Change' Award

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Autism NI was presented with the award at Banking Hall, the historic London Headquarters of Lloyds Bank, in London as part of the first ever Charity Achievement awards organised by the Foundation to celebrate its 30th anniversary. In 2015, Autism NI has been selected the overall UK winner of Lloyds TSB Foundation 'Championing Change' award, beating competition from England, Wales and the Channel Islands.

The 'Championing Change' award honoured the charity that had a significant impact on policy, commissioning, practice or debate at a local or national level. Autism NI spent years campaigning to bring in legal recognition of the condition that culminated in the Autism Act (NI) 2011. The charity worked tirelessly with parents and politicians to bring about this legislation.

Kerry Boyd, Director of Development at Autism NI said, "I'm delighted that Autism NI has won an award that recognises our achievement of influencing public policy with the introduction of the Autism Act (NI) 2011. It was a long hard struggle to make politicians and decision makers understand the need for change but we kept going because we know that this leg was crucial to providing access to better Autism services. Lloyds Bank Foundation has supported us over the past 20 years by providing funding for our Family Support and Training departments, and for that alone we are grateful to them. By winning this award for 'Championing Change', this will undoubtedly provide us with the platform we need to continue to raise awareness for this very misunderstood disability throughout Northern Ireland."

The UK-wide awards recognised the work of outstanding small and medium-sized charities, which have benefited from grants from the Lloyds Bank Foundations of Northern Ireland, England, Wales and the Channel Islands. Since the launch in 1985 the Foundations have distributed over £575m to charities in communities across UK helping tackle disadvantage.