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Livability lands top national award with spinal cord injury teaching resource

National Christian disability charity Livability is the disability category winner of the 2013 Charity Awards ...

National Christian disability charity Livability is the disability category winner of the 2013 Charity Awards.

Their award, for developing a free web-based teaching resource on spinal cord injury that can be accessed from anywhere in the world, was presented by comedian and Paralympics show presenter, Alex Brooker on Thursday 13 June at the Grosvenor House Hotel. The 700-strong audience consisted of representatives of the shortlisted charities, alongside a ‘who’s who’ of charity leaders.

The development of the spinal injury online teaching resource was led by Livability’s Maggie and Stephen Muldoon and several UK centres of excellence, such as Stoke Mandeville Hospital, were part of the project. Livability harnessed the experience and expertise within the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS) and its affiliate societies worldwide, getting input from 332 SCI professionals.

The resource is now being used worldwide: in the first eight months after its launch the online resource, www.elearnSCI.org, was accessed by 14,365 people from 140 countries.

On the night celebrities presenting the awards in 10 categories such as children and youth; international aid and development; arts, culture and heritage; and environment and conservation included Matthew Wright, Huw Edwards, Baroness Grey-Thompson, Alex Jones, Ed Stoppard, Gaby Roslin and Sharon Horgan.

Dave Webber, Livability interim Chief Executive comments: “I’m delighted that Livability has won this prestigious award. Our online spinal injury teaching resource is a shining example of how we can find innovative ways of supporting disabled people and those who care for them.”

Sally Phillips, host, actress and writer comments: “I’m honoured to be asked to host The Charity Awards this year. It’s so important to celebrate all the hard work charities contribute to our society, and to reward them for their dedication and commitment which change the world we live in for the better, particularly now they are, in the main, having to do so much more with so much less.”

Daniel Phelan, organiser of The Charity Awards comments: “The Charity Awards programme recognises the exceptional work that takes place within the voluntary sector and the dramatic effects that charities have on a wide spectrum of social needs.

"It’s vital that we acknowledge the work these organisations do, which is why I’m delighted Livability won their category. They beat off very stiff competition for this prestigious prize and should be enormously proud. I congratulate everyone involved.”

John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall sponsors of the Charity Awards, comments: "Many congratulations to all the winning charities. The Charity Awards is a marvellous opportunity to congratulate people who are making a real difference – seeing the best of what the sector can do, and hearing inspiring examples of creativity, professionalism and sheer determination to make a difference."

Pictured (from left): Event presenters Celina Ribeiro and Alex Brooker; Maggie and Stephen Muldoon who work for Livability and developed the spinal cord teaching resource; Dave Webber, Livability  Interim Chief Executive

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