Last week the team were honoured to receive the GSK IMPACT award for our work.  Over 370 organisations from across the UK applied for the award and we were delighted when we were named as one of the 10 winners for 2019.

It was a proud moment for myself and our team, my hope is that this will help us to increase awareness about the importance of sleep for wellbeing.

The assessment process was rigorous with every aspect of our work being carefully scrutinised.  This in itself was incredibly useful as it has supported us in identifying ways that we can improve further.  Part of our prize was to receive a 3 day leadership programme at The King’s Fund, an exciting opportunity for us to gain expert advice and also to meet with other winners to share information and offer mutual support.

We have a fantastic group of people working for the charity and volunteers play a huge role in our organisation, and we are so grateful for their support. The team go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide evidence based information and support to both families in crisis and to professionals who work with them. The success stories that we hear on a daily basis motivate us to continue to work hard to raise awareness nationally about the importance of sleep.

When we received notification of being a winner there were huge celebrations at Sleep HQ.  Part of the prize is an unrestricted donation of £30,000 which is an enormous sum.  Securing funding is an ongoing challenge that we face, this will ensure that some of our core costs are met which is incredibly important.

We were also delighted to work with Toucan Productions as part of the award who produced a short film of our work that you can watch below.  We didn’t see this until the actual award ceremony when it was projected onto the huge IMAX screen.  It captures our work brilliantly and for once I was left quite speechless as the film says it all. 

Huge thanks to the staff, volunteers and trustees for supporting our work so passionately.  Thanks go to GSK, The King’s Fund and Toucan Productions for their support so far as well as to the other winners who it was a pleasure to meet.  And a big thank you to all the families, children and young people that have trusted us to work with you so far, we hope to reach more very soon!

Vicki

PS. You can watch our video HERE

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