The Richard Jeffries Butterfly Award for Achievement

An achievement award in honour of Richard Jeffries, chair of the Gateway Club, trustee and former chair of Richmond Mencap, and trustee and former chair of the Normansfield and Richmond Foundation. In remembrance of his support and passion for people with learning disabilities and his love of butterflies, we launch the first year of this award. Richard was supportive of everyone’s own interests and learning, and to continue this we want to celebrate new achievements within the Learning Disability community of Richmond. The theme of this first year’s award will be achievements that helped people cope with covid. What did you do to make the time pass, to keep yourself or others safe, or to make yourself or others smile during difficult times?

Please nominate adults with learning disabilities and/or Autism for their achievements, big or small, that helped them smile through these tricky times. Learning to wear a mask, phoning their friends regularly, choosing their favourite food to cheer themselves up, listening to music to make them smile. Nothing is too small, we welcome all achievements.

Applications will open in March 2022 and the award will be presented at the Learning Disability Awareness Event in June 2022. So, there is time to think, learn and do! Nominations should be sent to the Richmond Mencap office by post or email and will be judged by trustees of the Normansfield and Richmond Foundation. The prize is £150 cash each to three winners.

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