The Inspiration to others Award

Winner: Sandy Lawrence

When a scheme that ran holiday activities for children with learning disabilities lost its funding, Sandy Lawrence – who lives near Newquay – stepped in and Cornwall Accessible Activities was born.

Being a mum to a teenager with Down Syndome didn’t stop her giving up full-time work to run the group. It’s described as a lifeline for over four hundred families.

The kids do everything from snow tubing and flying a plane to driving lessons and discos… opportunities they wouldn’t have had without Sandy. She also set up CAAP Plus to make sure support doesn’t drop away when they reach 25

Sandy had a string of nominations – including husband John who calls her a ‘true inspiration’