Accrington based charity, DanceSyndrome ( https://www.lancashare.co.uk/directorydetail/entertainment-arts-leisure/dancesyndrome ) has been named “Charity of the Year” at the 2018 E3 Business Awards. The event took place on 12th July at the Macron Stadium in Bolton.
The charity, which was founded by dancer Jen Blackwell, who happens to have Down’s syndrome, provides inclusive dance workshops and leadership training for people with and without disabilities. DanceSyndrome’s dancers also perform live at special events across the UK with the aim of inspiring people and demonstrating that people with disabilities can live a life of their choosing and demonstrate that their abilities are more important than their disabilities.
DanceSyndrome faced strong competition from not-for-profit organisations from across the North West. The award was presented by Azhar Iqbal representing the award sponsor Colne Tyre Centre.
Receiving the award, the company’s Founder, Jen Blackwell said: “I’m thrilled and amazed to received this award! Dancing is my life and my passion and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to follow my dreams with DanceSyndrome and inspire others to do the same.”
Speaking on behalf of 1 Events Media, the host and organiser of the awards, Managing Director Mubarak Chati said: “The E3 Awards have always been about more than just commercial success; they celebrate the impact that enterprise has on lives and communities across the North West. DanceSyndrome is a fine example of that enterprising spirit and it’s right that its commitment should be recognised.
“DanceSyndrome can be very proud of its achievement. Competition this year was exceptionally fierce; so much so that we felt we had to increase the number of shortlisted candidates in several categories. To come away with a win in 2018 meant proving an extraordinary commitment, and that is exactly what DanceSyndrome did.” ”
Speaking on behalf of the DanceSyndrome, Managing Director, Dawn Vickers said: “We are so proud to have won this award! We hope that this award will introduce us to even more people who believe that inclusion is a fundamental human right for everyone and want to support our ground-breaking work to enable more learning-disabled adults to realise their dreams and ambitions.”
More information about DanceSyndrome can be found on their website www.dancesyndrome.co.uk