Geoffrey Maddrell awarded Small Charity Champion

Date: 4 March 2016

Research Autism is very pleased to report that their Chairman Geoffrey Maddrell OBE has been awarded Small Charity Champion at a ceremony which took place on Friday 4 March.

The awards, organised by Charity Staff Foundation, celebrate outstanding dedication and achievements made by charity staff and volunteers across the UK, recognising the endeavours of individual charity staff and volunteers – the unsung heroes of the sector who go above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the work of their charity and the people that they serve. Finalists were shortlisted from hundreds of nominations from across the UK voluntary sector, and the winners selected by the Charity Staff Foundation’s Board of Patrons - all charity leaders from across the UK voluntary sector.

Geoffrey was Research Autism’s founding Chairman when it was established over ten years ago, and his dedication over the years has been astonishing. Geoffrey has worked tirelessly on Research Autism’s mission – to improve the quality of life for people on the autism spectrum and their families.  His passion has even led him to running a number of marathons for the charity – he has raised £170k just in the last two years – and is about to embark on a half marathon this month.

Geoffrey said this upon collecting the award:

“This award is entirely dedicated to the autism community who were very instrumental in founding Research Autism 12 years ago. We are guided by the clear belief that autism is fundamentally another form of difference, which brings with it disabilities relating largely to a different way of understanding the world. Our focus is on securing much better ways through research and effective communication of alleviating those complex, hidden and often very individual disabilities; and secondly, on finally bringing this community into the fold of 'us' rather than 'them' - through recognition and respect for the differences. We are all different.  We are also all fallible and incomplete. I personally believe differences are an essential way of being human. The window is now open for us to make powerful progress in giving those affected and their families a better chance in the ‘race of life’ .”

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Bernard Fleming, Information Manager, Tel. 020 3490 3091, email info@researchautism.net

Research Autism


Research Autism is the only UK charity dedicated to the production of quality, trusted information on autism treatments and other approaches. Its Information Centre is informed by world experts and accredited by the NHS Information Standard, an independent kite-mark of reliability and quality. It guides people through the minefield of interventions on offer, allowing them to make informed decisions based on impartial, factual information, including risks and hazards. Its research programme is derived from the priorities of autistic people and families and addresses areas that affect everyday life. 

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