04 June 2008,

The LIFT Awards 2008 raises over £10k for charitable causes.

The LIFT Awards 2008 raises over £10k for charitable causes - 5th june 2008

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The 2008 LIFT Awards have donated over ten thousand pounds to their selected charities as a result of funds raised through the generous contributions made by attendees and sponsors at the 2008 LIFT Awards ceremony.

The 2008 LIFT Awards are proud to support three charitable causes, each of whom significantly contribute towards the well being of the communities they serve.

DebRA is the national charity that supports the 5,000 individuals and families in the UK affected by the painful genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). DebRA provides specialist support services and funds world-leading research into this debilitating and sometimes fatal condition with the aim of finding effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for EB.  Ben Merrett, CEO at DebRA, said: 'We are very grateful to have been selected as one of the beneficiary charities at the 2008 LIFT Awards and wish to thank the organisers for generously contributing £3,550 to DebRA. The charity relies on donations like this to carry out its vital work, and this money will help make a difference to those affected by this devastating skin condition.'

Tomorrow's People is a charity that, over the last twenty years, has helped change the lives of thousands across the UK. Tomorrow's People help break the cycle of unemployment so that people can take positive control of their lives and build a brighter future. Debbie Scott OBE, DL, CEO of Tomorrow's People said: 'Tomorrow's People is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charity's benefiting from the 2008 LIFT Awards. The money raised will go towards helping us do what we do best - supporting people back into work and helping them to move forward in their lives. We are extremely grateful to LIFT for this generosity.'

Stand to Reason is a service-user led organisation that intends to work with and for people with mental ill health in the way that Stonewall has for gay people: raising the profile, fighting prejudice, establishing rights and achieving equality. Jonathan Naess, Director of Stand to Reason, said: 'Stand to Reason is very much honoured to receive this money. We are happy to announce that it will be used to develop our projects and stand for social justice and anti-discrimination in mental health.

The cheques were presented to representatives of the three charities at an Awards dinner hosted by Nabarro.

For further information on the supported charities, please use the links listed below:
www.debra.org.uk
www.tomorrows-people.co.uk
www.standtoreason.org.uk

Picture 1: Ben Merrett (DebRA), Paul Nurser (Primary Plus), Jennifer Pearce (Primary Plus) and Carl Dix (Primary Plus)

Picture 2: Graham Spence (CHP), Sam Sheerer (Tomorrow's People), Judith Cytrynowicz (CHP), George Farley (CHP)

Picture 3: Jonathan Naess (Stand to Reason), Carl Dix (Primary Plus) and Roger Wakefield (Nabarro)