Sponsoring The Shaw Trust’s Power 100

Differently Enabled were proud and honoured to be sponsoring the Visual Arts, Fashion and Design category at this year’s Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 awards ceremony.

The Disability Power 100 is a force for change. Created by the equality advocacy charity The Shaw Trust, the awards recognise the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK, with a glittering annual awards ceremony each November. The list recognises the ambition, activism, work and achievements of nominees across a range of industries, from sports to fashion.

Celebrating Disability Pioneers In Visual Arts, Fashion & Design

Having long admired the platform the awards give disabled changemakers and pioneers, Differently Enabled were over the moon to be sponsoring the Visual Arts, Fashion and Design category this year. Of course, it had to be fashion, and this category celebrated a stellar lineup of nominees this year including Samanta Bullock, Adam Thomas, Esther Fox, Emma Birch, Victoria Jenkins, Kimberley Burrows, Jason Wilsher-Mills, Funmi Lawal, Deborah Lawson and Chamiah Dewey.

Differently Enabled team member Michael Burke announced the Visual Arts, Fashion and Design winner on stage: the amazing Victoria Jenkins of adaptive clothing brand Unhidden. If you follow Differently Enabled closely you’ll know that we were blown away by the powerful message of her LFW show in September, so it was a pleasure to see her pick up this award as well as 2nd place on the Disability Power 100 list. A huge congratulations also, to the UK’s most influential disabled person in 2023 – the incredible Dr Shani Dhanda!

The Differently Enabled Winners Prize Draw

As part of our sponsorship, Differently Enabled will be dressing three of the 100 winners this year. Category winners and all those named on the Disability Power 100 list are invited to enter into the prize draw, for the opportunity to co-create a custom outfit with DE’s team of designers and makers. We’ll be choosing the three winners randomly in a prize draw on Sunday, December 3rd, which is the UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

At Differently Enabled we create clothes for those who are often overlooked by the fashion industry. We believe in the power of clothes, so we’re excited to get creating with some of the UK’s most influential disabled people and deck them out in their own custom outfits.

In Memory of Clare Gray

Craig and the Differently Enabled team were deeply saddened to hear the news of Clare Gray’s passing. Our first introduction to the awards was through Clare, and it was her warmth, generosity and passion that drew us in. Having been a key organiser of the Disability Power 100 for almost 20 years and a powerful campaigner for change, Clare’s memory was beautifully honoured during the celebration this year. Our thoughts are with all those close to Clare, and to all in the community honouring her path with strength and determination!

A black & white photo of Clare Gray in her wheel chair smiling. photo credit the Shaw Trust

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