Blind woman from Horley shortlisted for national charity award
Jane Manley, from Horley, has been shortlisted for an award by the national disability charity, Sense.
The nomination recognises her campaigning work to highlight the impact of the pandemic on disabled people.
Jane, 59, who lives with her partner and guide dog Rosie, has been shortlisted for the Campaigner of the Year award at the annual Sense Awards.
Jane is blind and has had to shield away from her partner for most of the pandemic due to a kidney transplant.
Jane used to feel very independent and would go out with her guide dog, but the pandemic has caused her to lose a great deal of confidence and independence.
In February of this year, Jane shared her experiences in national and regional media, across TV, radio and online, as part of Sense’s Left Out of Life campaign, which raised awareness about the increase in social isolation and loneliness felt by disabled people during the pandemic.
Later in the year, Jane would also contribute to Sense’s Covid Inquiry campaign, calling on Government to ensure that disabled people are put at the heart of next year’s Covid Inquiry.
The petition, which Jane backed, has already received over 16,000 signatures.
Jane said: "To be nominated for Campaigner of the Year is such a boost for the disabled community at large, knowing that our collective voices are being heard through the lived experience of people like me.
"Thank you Sense for enabling us to become visible!"
Sense chief executive, Richard Kramer, said: "We are delighted to recognise Jane for her campaigning work.
"She has helped put a spotlight on the experience of disabled people, who have been hit so hard by the pandemic.
"It takes incredible strength to share your own personal story, and we are truly grateful.”
The Sense Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers who support them.
Winners will be announced on November 25. For more information about the Sense Awards visit sense.org.uk/sense-awards/.