I am still in shock – I still cannot believe Mums & Families UK is the winner of the Families Included Challenge Prize. The organisation will receive £10,000 to further develop and expand on the work we have been doing over the past few months, with our immediate plans to expand our programme to Rayleigh and Chelmsford and that’s just for starters! We were asked by so many people on the awards event night whether we thought we were going to win, or if it was a complete shock. We believed we could win; we tried to maintain an element of self-belief but there were times that belief waned when we acknowledged the amazing other finalists and as cliché as it sounds, every finalist in that room were worthy winners. To win it, is the most amazing accolade for the work we do with so many families and the fact that we can now reach even more is just amazing.
Today I am feeling very anxious. When my anxiety feels like its creeping back in, I start to have a little internal freak out that I am going backwards – I’m not, it’s just that I am relating those bubbles of anxiety to a very sad and traumatic time.
When something ‘bad’ happens, even if it has been dealt with, there are still the memories and emotions that run deep, in the same way when something good and amazing happens.
I am sitting here at my computer feeling overwhelmed, and completely inspired. Being January, I think it’s normal to sit and reflect on the year previous and to look forward to the year ahead, not knowing what the year has in store. 2016 was a successful and challenging year for us, we launched our programme in February and it has gone from strength to strength. Growing from a team of two (me and my lovely hubby Pete), to now a team of 5, we have started our charity application since becoming a FINALIST for the Families Included Challenge Prize.