At last night’s Charity Times Awards United Response won ‘Best Use of the Web’, for Postcards from the Edges, along with a highly commended award in our ‘Charity of the Year’ group.

The best use of the web category was incredibly competitive, with nominations for Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, Leonard Cheshire Disability, The National Autistic Society, Quartet Community Foundation, Royal Academy of Dance, Samaritan's Purse UK and the inimitable Sky Badger. All wonderful and worthy charities, with great web projects or campaigns.

Our win in this category means a great deal to us, having worked hard to create, run and promote Postcards from the Edges – our first ever creative campaign. But ultimately, the win is a testament to the contributors to, and supporters of, the campaign. It’s they who made it a success – indeed, it couldn’t have existed without them.

When we asked people affected by disability ‘what do you want to tell the world?’ we weren’t sure what, if any, response to expect. Frankly, we were overwhelmed. The response was vast, varied, creative and highly affecting. We received over a 1,000 wonderful cards, expressing opinions, thoughts and feelings on topics ranging from the ‘bedroom tax’ to the hazards of ironing. So, once more, thank you to everybody who contributed to and supported Postcards from the Edges.



A thank you must also go to the agency (and social enterprise) Reason Digital, who created the platform for us. Our vision could not have become a reality without their creativity and professionalism. They were a joy to work with too, I might add.

We were also delighted with the highly commended award in our charity of the year group. This commendation was, in large, recognition of the work we did during our 40th anniversary.

These efforts included a variety of fundraising events, campaign launches and the reaffirmation of our core values: for more than 40 years, we have supported people with disabilities – often some of the most vulnerable in society – to exercise the same rights and have access to the same opportunities as everybody else. We hope to do so for another 40 years, and beyond.

James Dodd, head of web and digital media.