This week’s photo comes from the BAPs Awards!
BAPs, or ‘Bloody Awesome Parents’ gathered together in celebration of some of the best SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) bloggers. (You may know that I have an alter-ego – ‘Tink’s Mum’ and that I have a second blog, It’s a Tink Thing.) I was nominated for an award but didn’t make it through to the finals. However, I really wanted to go to this, the inaugural BAPs awards, to cheer on some of my favourite fellow bloggers.
The awards were held in the Windmill Suite at the Windmill Village Hotel near Coventry. The room looked absolutely fantastic and I felt awkward and out of place as I stepped into a room that was clearly meant for grown ups. Then I remembered that I am supposed to be a grown up!
The awards were hosted by the fabulous Sally Phillips, star of ‘Bridget Jones’ movies and ‘Miranda’, and also a parent of a child with special needs. As she talked about her own experiences, I forgot about the fact she is famous and realised that as well as that, she’s just a mum, like me, trying to the best things for her child in an often tricky world. Moment of the evening was when her son Facetimed her right in the middle of interviewing an award winner and asked when she was coming home!
It was a fantastic night and I met so many lovely people. Some I ‘know’ from t’internet, so it was great to put a real live person to a blog name! SEND blogging is rather overlooked in the general blogging world, and yet, within SEND blogs you will find some of the most passionate, heartfelt, and, often, heartbreaking stories from parents and carers. The BAPs awards came about from a conversation in a pub and with a lot of hard work from Bringing Us Together and My Family Our Needs. So much thought went into the evening, and we didn’t want for anything. Delicious food, free drink, music (although I did want for some better tunes – I like Bruno Mars, but I don’t need the entire album…) and great company. Huge thanks must also go to the three sponsors of the evening: Walsingham Support, Kuradocs and Choice Support.
So, a huge thank you to all involved in the organisation and execution! It really was great to be able to recognise and celebrate SEND bloggers with our very own awards. That’s enough adulting for me now though…