Latest News | 18 November 2020

me&dee founder in double awards success

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The founder of me&dee charity, which helps families facing short or uncertain futures create lasting memories, has scored a double awards success.

Maria Hanson MBE has been honoured with a brace of Woman Who Achieves Awards.

The awards were founded by Sandra Garlick MBE, who received an MBE earlier this year for services to women in business, and who founded Woman Who in 2016 to inspire women in business to recognise and celebrate their successes, achievements and hard work.

At the start of this year’s event, which was held online, Maria won the title of Woman Who Achieves for a Charity.

Then, at the end of the event, she was awarded the special Judge’s Recognition award, which selects the best finalist from all 10 categories and crowns them the overall winner of the afternoon.

Maria said: “I was absolutely shocked and overwhelmed. Sandra is so motivational and inspirational so to be recognised by her is quite something!

“It’s been such a challenging year for me&dee and we’ve overcome some huge hurdles in very difficult circumstances.

“We’ve been hit so hard and our fundraising plans have already been decimated, so it’s nice to have something to be celebrating!”

Awards founder Sandra Garlick said: “This nomination really stood out and the judges were blown away by Maria’s achievements.

“Maria is a true inspiration to everyone – she has achieved so much while having to overcome so much on a personal level.

“Her motto is ‘never give up – move the goalposts but never the goal’ – something we can all resonate with.”

me&dee needs more support than ever as all its events this year have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and some grants it has previously relied on have been withdrawn.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can help support me&dee please visit

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