Anna Kennedy Online – Autism Awareness Charity
Living in Lock-down Photography and Artwork competition 2020

Living in Lock-down Photography and Artwork competition 2020

Join in on our Living in Lock-down Photography and Artwork competition 2020

 

Living in Lock-down Photography and Artwork competition 2020A national art and photography competition celebrating the creativity of people with an autistic spectrum condition (ASC) is being launched by UK Charity AnnaKennedyonline.

Anna Kennedy OBE shares: The competition is open to three age categories: Under 11s / Under 18s and 18 and over – all who are formally diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition.

All individuals can submit their entries in art or digital art that shares their experience of “Living in Lockdown”.

We are proud to announce our three judges David Grant, Dr Pam Spurr and Chris Wild are excited to see all the entry creation’s and will have the hard job of choosing a winner and 2 runners up from each age group.

The winners will receive £50 Amazon voucher and runners up £15 Amazon vouchers sponsored by Talem Law.

Please complete the application form below.

Please see details on our three judges – Chris Wild, David Grant MBE and Dr Pam Spurr 

Chris Wild

Chris Wild

Chris Wild lost his dad aged 11, leaving him to grow up in the care system. There, he witnessed the incessant physical and sexual abuse of children, with the only escape leading to the streets. So many others like him, failed by the systems put in place to protect them, ended up with nothing but drink, drugs, prostitution and crime as their normality.

Later, working in a care home himself became the only way Chris could help, but he was shocked to discover little had changed and vulnerable children were still being failed.

Chris is now an Artist, Actor and Author. He is currently touring the country promoting his book ‘Damaged’ and is also working on his second book with Blink Publishing that will be published early 2021.

Chris has worked on many campaigns for young people in the care sector and his most recent work with Katie Razzle on BBC News-night helped to change the legislation to stop young people under 16 being placed in unregulated provisions.

David Grant MBE

David Grant MBE

David Grant MBE is a BAFTA award-winning broadcaster and vocal coach.

His TV and music career has spanned over 35 years with many hit records with his band Linx, solo career and with Jaki Graham.

He was awarded a MOBO award in ’98, a BASCA in 2008 for his lifetime services to the music industry and in 2019 an MBE for his services to music.

He has both the biggest selling vocal coaching book and online course in the world.

He is a regular Presenter on Songs Of Praise and co-hosts Radio London’s Saturday Breakfast Show alongside his wife, Dr Carrie Grant (hc).

David is Dad to four beautiful children, three are birth children/one was adopted and all have special needs.

Dr Pam Spurr

Dr Pam

Dr Pam Spurr is a well-known relationships, self-help expert, and media psychologist, as well as an award-winning radio presenter and TV guest/pundit.

Pam is the author of 15 self-help books and many of her books have been best sellers. Pam Has had columns in most of the national newspapers, many magazines and websites and regularly appears as a contributor on a variety of TV programmes

Pam has also reignited her passion for painting and had her first exhibition March 2nd 2020. All of her expressive art is inspired by people, mainly women, that she’s coached over the years.

Pam has been struck by the spark of hope each person carries with them no matter the challenges they face. This hope is always expressed even in her paintings. She has also just started an exciting gift-art business.

AKO Sugar Rush Bake-Off: competition winners!

AKO Sugar Rush Bake-Off: competition winners!

A huge congratulations to our winning bakers!!

It was tough choosing from there were so many creative wonderful entries. We would like to say a massive thank you to our amazing judges for coming forward and volunteering your time to the AKO Bake off competition! 

Under 16’s

Winner:
Natalie Sherriffs age 13!

Natalie Sherriffs

Ingredients included:
Sugar, butter (stork), flour, eggs, baking powder, coco powder,icing sugar,butter, (clover for icing) nutella, cadbury giant buttons, smarties, haribo (gummy bares, and love harts)

Idea:
That the harts and smarties protect the gummy bears, the gummy bears represent people with autism and the harts and smarties protect them from hate that some are giving

Runner up:
Tyler Worsey-Burns age 14!

Tyler Worsey-Burns

Ingredients included:
225g of sugar, butter and flour, 4 eggs, 2 tsp baking powder, 3 tbs milk gran’s homemade strawberry jam and butter icing and lots of sprinkles

Idea:
Victoria sandwich with sprinkles – I always make Victoria sandwiches when I bake using my gran’s homemade jam for a filling with butter icing. There is no better cake, but I added sprinkles on this one!

Adults

Winner:
Kristel Burgess

Kristel Burgess

Ingredients included:
Butter, caster sugar, self raising flour, eggs, fondant and butter cream, decorations, sugar paste and edible paint

Idea:
We love Disney in our house. Our family is diverse, my four children have a range of conditions and our wider friends and support network we also call family. So for us this quote from Lilo and Stitch “ OHANA means family” “family means no one gets left behind” sums us up!

Runner up:
Chloe Turnbull-Yeo

Chloe Turnbull-Yeo

Ingredients included: Plain flour, Salted Butter, Caster Sugar, vanilla extract, medium eggs, cocoa powder, peppermint extract.

Idea:
Letting people know that autism is a gift and an unique thing. Just like our world is special and precious.

VE Day poster competition winners!

VE Day poster competition winners!

A huge congratulations to our three winning posters!!

Winner and in 1st place
Evie Rutherford

Evie Rutherford

 

In 2nd place runner up
Jessica Moody

Jessica Moody

 

 

3rd place runner up
Andrew Mogg

Andrew Mogg

 

 

 

 

It was tough choosing from there were so many creative wonderful entries. 

The winner has won £30 worth of Amazon voucher plus draw string personalised Born Anxious Bag and the runners up will receive a raw string personalised Born Anxious Bag each!

Enter our VE Day poster competition!

Enter our VE Day poster competition!

Join in on our VE Day poster competition

Design a poster to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Win amazing prizes of Amazon vouchers and a Born Anxious personalised draw string bag!

Born Anxious string bag

The winning poster will be shared on our website and social media!

All entries should be submitted by 6pm on Thursday 7th May

The winner will be announced on Friday 8th May.

Please send in your entries by email to lisa.robins@annakennedyonline.com

 

Support our charity challenge!

Support our charity challenge!

The AKO walking running cycling challenge!

Times are tough for everyone at the moment and here at AKO we have been having some brainstorming meetings to see what we can do to fund-raise for our small charity with a big heart!

So the AKO team are going to be walking, running and cycling throughout the whole of May to see exactly how far we can get in the world in miles and each week we will publish our collective miles as a team and then announce on June 1st how many miles we have achieved and where we got to in the world !

Please sponsor us whatever you can and also on your message just for fun pick a place in the world you think we can reach with our miles:

Here is the link to the donation page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LisaRobins1

Born Anxious Supports Autism Dance Day for Anna Kennedy Online Charity on Friday 24 April

Born Anxious Supports Autism Dance Day for Anna Kennedy Online Charity on Friday 24 April

Born Anxious are delighted to be joining Autism Ambassador Anna Kennedy OBE once again to raise funds for Anna Kennedy Online .

Anna Kennedy OBE is celebrating her 9th Year of encouraging everyone countywide to Dance, this is usually taking place in schools, colleges ,offices ,youth clubs ,this year she is asking that you celebrate at home and tag #autismdanceday send your videos or photos in via social media tagging:

Born Anxious will be donating ten prizes of T shirts and bags and Anna will be choosing the winners who are delighted to support AKO in raising Autism Awareness .

Please join  https://www.annakennedyonline.com/donate-to-ako/ charity to Celebrate the love of dance and promotion of positive mental health and well-being and lets dance with pride for this event celebrating the benefits of dance for people on the spectrum and don’t forget to send in your videos and photos tagging #autismdanceday #annakennedy or #AnnaKennedyonline and #bornanxious

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