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Salford mental health charity boss wins Lifetime Award

Posted by Editor on 10th December 2013 at 12:39 PM
Salford mental health charity boss wins Lifetime Award

Mental health charity Start in Salford are celebrating today after their founder and chief executive Bernadette Conlon won a Lifetime Achievement award.

The charity boss was nominated for the prestigious award after finally getting recognised for her 20 years of work supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Salford.

The Directory of Social Change awards, held in London on Thursday 5 December, back those in the third sector who dedicate their lives to making a positive impact on society.

Bernadette told "This award really is the icing on the cake.

"We have recently opened our new exhibition 20:20 Vision at the Salford Museum & Art Gallery to mark our anniversary, and our new website and online shop has just been launched.

"To now receive this award rounds off the year perfectly and it makes me so proud."

The CEO started delivering art sessions from the boot of her car over 20 years ago, and has grown the charity into a driving force for good in Salford.

She added: "I would like to dedicate it to everyone who has supported me over the years.

"Yes, at times it has been tough and our plight to tackle stigma and discrimination continues but days like today make all the hard work worth it. Bring on the next 20 years!"

Start in Salford’s exhibition can been seen at Salford Museum & Art Gallery until the 23rd March 2013. To learn more about Bernadette’s work visit Start in Salford’s new website.

Photo: Bernadette Conlon with supporter Jenny McAlpine from Coronation Street

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