Jen Blackwell, founder of DanceSyndrome, has been recognised with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to Disabled People in the first King’s Birthday Honours.
Founded in 2009, DanceSyndrome holds inclusive dance sessions predominantly within the North West to deliver leadership, participation, performance and training opportunities to learning-disabled people. Those without disabilities but with an interest in dance are also warmly welcomed. The charity has claimed several accolades over the years, and this August, performers from DanceSyndrome will take to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Jen launched the charity to indulge her love of dance and realise her potential as a dance leader, able to instruct and encourage others. She said: “I’m amazed to receive this honour for what I love doing. I’m proud of who I am and the achievements of DanceSyndrome. It’s an honour to inspire others to dance and live a life of their choosing. I believe everybody can dance and do things they love no matter how others define us.”
For several years, Champion has proudly provided accounting and advisory services to the multi-award-winning charity supporting learning-disabled people through the power of dance. We’re equally proud to celebrate this latest success for the charity’s dedicated founder, who has worked tirelessly to make dance accessible for all.
Russell Spencer, client manager at Champion Accountants, said: “It’s a privilege to work with DanceSyndrome, witnessing the growth and success of such an inspiring charity. This award is very well deserved, as what Jen and the DanceSyndrome team have achieved is remarkable and has undoubtedly changed many lives.”
To support DanceSyndrome’s work, visit their website here: https://dancesyndrome.co.uk/donate/