#RightToStay wins SMK People's Choice Award

We are delighted to announce that the Sheila McKechnie Foundation has awarded their People's Choice Award 2017 to Roger Casale for the #RightToStay campaign following a vote by the public. 

Peter Tatchell and Roger Casale

The award ceremony was due to take place at the House of Lords on Thursday, 23 March but was moved to The Foundry Conference Centre in London following the attack in Westminster. The inspirational human rights campaigner and broadcaster, Peter Tatchell presented the award and read the citation which was as follows:

In accepting the award Roger Casale said:

"I dedicate this award to the unseen, unheard, unknown EU citizen living in Britain today. And I say to that person, stand up, you have a voice, you have rights, you are not alone. We stand with you. Your voice is our voice. Your rights are our rights. Together we will be heard. Together we will win."

New Europeans team members Tamara Flanagan OBE (third from left) Prof.Emmy van Deurzen (second from left) and Phil Cooper (first left) also attended the reception (shown below).






















#RightToStay was up against three other fantastic campaigns, the Junior Doctors campaign, Childfare campaign and the SportsDirect campaign. It was a wonderful evening spent with all the nominees, and other award winners in a real spirit of collaboration and commitment to the common good.

For details of all the nominees and award winners, read here

The People's Choice Award is the only award that is voted on by the public.

Other awards

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation made 9 other awards at he ceremony including for categories such as Social Justice, Gender Equality and the Environment.

We were delighted that our partners CitizensUK won the Social Justice award for their safe routes campaign. We know that many of our members have supported the Safe Passage campaign to bring unaccompanied refugee children and vulnerable adults to the UK under the Dubs amendment.

Citizens UK, winners of the SMK Social Justice Award 2017


















There was also a lifetime achievement award for Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which has campaigned tirelessly for justice since the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. 

We are very proud to be in the company of such brilliant campaigns and passionate, committed defenders of human rights and social justice and very grateful to all those who voted for #RightToStay to win the People's Choice Award 2017. The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) was established in 2005 to help develop a new generation of campaigners who are tackling the root causes of injustice. Set up in memory of Dame Sheila McKechnie.  SMK is entirely dedicated to helping campaigners create positive and lasting social change.

The Sheila McKechnie Crowd-funder for the People's Choice award is still open.

Please give generously below to support their work so they can continue to support us through the awards ceremony and others like us.

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