The 'Brian and Lily Filkin' Endeavour award 

Recently Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM) held our 'Annual General Meeting' (AGM) on Monday 28th November together with trustees, citizens, families, carers and staff. The AGM is genrally a formal meeting we hold annually, to sign off our finances and accounts and to celebrate any successes. 
'The Filkin's' were Trustees from the outset and they left a legacy to award the person at CPM who has shown the most fortitude and strong will in overcoming difficulties. 
This lady has inspired everyone this year, she has been brave, shown courage and really grown in her personal confidence. This year the 'The 'Brian and Lily Filkin' Endeavour award went to Amy Swift. 
Amy this year was selected to carry 'Her Majesty, The Queen's Baton Relay' ahead of the 'Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games'. She had to carry the Baton whilst on a barge at 'Galton Bridge' canal in 'Smethwick' and she was also interviewed by a reporter and made it on the the news on TV. Amy was nominated to be a baton bearer because she had improved her confidence in starting a new respite. 
Also Amy has been representing CPM and disabled citizens with 'Birmingham City Council' on an advisory panel. This was a huge opportunity for Amy and one she really excelled in, we are very proud of all of Amy's achievements. 
Amy Swift accepting her award with CPM Chairman and Trustee Andrew Wall. 

The Evelyn Hurd award for Communication 

Evelyn was the manager at CPM for many years, when she retired she became a trustee and her abiding interest was in com.communication and the difficulties that our citizens face when communicating. 
We had two 'Evelyn Hurd' Communication awards this year and they were awarded to Lawrence Norton and Vicky Lilly. Vicky Lilly, who needs support with speech and language with communication aids has really worked hard in developing her communication and making herself heard. This has been really an asset as she has moved into a new supported living residence. 
Lawrence has really worked hard using assisted communication technology to help him communicate and has also been a huge support on a panel with Birmingham City Council. Well done to both Vicky and Lawrence, we are very proud of them. 
Vicky Lilly accepting her award with Chairman Andrew Wall. 
Lawrence Norton accepting his award with Andrew Wall. 

Tehseen presents £100 to Cerebral Palsy Midlands 

At our AGM Meeting we also had a presentation from Tehseen Meghani and her mom Yasmin from their recent travels and adventures in Uganda.  
Tehseen told us about her travels and all that she had learned, she was sponsored whilst in Uganda to walk up a mountain, which she did. And, the money she raised in sponsorship, Tehseen decided to donate to Cerebral Palsy Midlands. She presented a cheque for for £100 to the trustees and everyone at CPM. A huge thank you and appreciation from all of us here.  
Cerebral Palsy Midlands dedicates its service to helping all its citizens to achieve their ambitions and potential, at a pace they are comfortable with, in a friendly, supportive and fun environment. We provide learning opportunities to improve in-dependency skills and improve confidence, helping our people to grow. 
If you would like any further information about the AGM or awards, please get in contact with Development Officer Sarah Lilly, email 
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