Gloucestershire mum honoured by international charity at Speaker’s House, Westminster

28 July 2016

Mary Clare with her proud daughter ElizabethA Gloucestershire woman has been recognised for her dedication to improving the lives of disabled people by an international charity at an awards ceremony in Speaker’s House, Westminster.

Leonard Cheshire Disability, which runs Gloucestershire House in Cheltenham, awarded physiotherapist Mary Clare Faulkner the prestigious innovation and improvement award as part of the charity’s annual staff awards on Wednesday 20 July.

Mary Clare impressed judges with her campaign for an inclusive cycling project for the residents at the care home with nursing for adults with physical disabilities.

She said:

‘It’s amazing, it’s quite a shock [to win]; it really was a shock.

‘It’s nice to have [the campaign] recognised.

‘There are no adaptive cycling facilities at the moment, so that’s what I want, to make it happen.

‘I know that people want it, not just for Gloucestershire House, but because there’s people in the community too that want it. The need is definitely out there.’

Mary Clare began her campaign in 2013 and has since been holding meetings with residents and their families, raising money and running taster sessions to get the venture off the ground.

She now has a project plan ready to take to a large funder.

Accompanied by her proud daughter Elizabeth, she joined other finalists at the awards ceremony to celebrate the leading stars at the charity, named after its founder, the war hero and global humanitarian Leonard Cheshire.

The Rt Hon John Bercow MP, the Speaker of the House of Commons, said:

‘Those receiving these awards should be extremely proud of the contribution they make, the lives they improve, and the people they inspire.’

Leonard Cheshire chair Sally Davis said:

‘I was deeply moved to hear the lengths our winners go to, to improve the lives of disabled people and I would like to express a huge congratulations to them.

‘They should feel particularly proud to have stood out among so many examples of excellence, as the competition for these awards was extremely tight.

‘Hearing about all the energy, compassion and creativity with which they approach their roles is truly inspiring.

‘Their hard work makes me feel immensely privileged to be part of Leonard Cheshire Disability.’

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