The Children’s Sleep Charity was recently awarded for its excellent work in the community after a rigorous assessment process.  Our Founder and CEO, Vicki Dawson was also just one of two charity leaders to be awarded with an ‘Outstandinga Leadership Award’. Vicki is shown in the photograph being presented her award by the representative of the Queen, the Lord Lieutenant of Yorkshire.

We run a sleep service that is commissioned by Doncaster CCG.  It is the first of its kind in the country offering sleep support to all children over the age of 12 months and was recently featured on the BBC documentary Panorama.  It is estimated that around 40% of children will suffer with sleep issues at some point during their childhood with this figure rising to 86% for children with additional needs.  It is well documented that sleep deprivation can cause a wide range of difficulties for both parent and child including lowering of the immune system, behavioural issues and under achievement in education.

Vicki says, "The sleep service in Doncaster has gained national attention and we are now receiving enquiries from across the country from organisations looking to replicate the servcie.  To receive this award from the Duke of York’s Community Initiative is a great honour not only for myself personally but also for the charity.” 

The award ceremony took place at Huddersfield University and the charity team will travel to St James’ Palace on Tuesday 9th May to meet The Duke of York at a celebration event.

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