MB Awards Honour Young Achievements

Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England), October 16, 2007 | Go to article overview

MB Awards Honour Young Achievements


CHILDREN and young people will see their achievements, big and small, honoured at the second annual MB Awards.

The awards ceremony, which was launched last year, celebrates those milestones conquered by youngsters with learning or physical disabilities and their carers.

From sporting success to simply making a cup of tea the prestigious accolades honour all significant personal achievements.

Last year saw 40 children and adults commended for their own successes.

"Some of the smaller things they have done may be considered quite basic but to the young person themselves it is probably the biggest mountain they would ever want or need to climb," says Norton mum Ruth Benson.

The MB Awards were launched last year following the death of Ruth's own son, Michael.

Michael Benson who had spinal muscular atrophy died aged 15 in August last year.

The teenager was so loved by everyone whose life he touched his friends decided that they wanted to do something special in his memory.

With the help of Stockton Parent Support and the hard work of members of the Stockton Disability Youth Forum the first MB Awards ceremony was held just two months later.

The aim was to honour the day-to-day accomplishments of young people who, like Michael, face life's difficulties with determination and a smile. …

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