Devoted dad from Bury shortlisted for national charity award

28 Oct 2022 12:12
Published by: Scott Callan

A dad from Bury in Greater Manchester, is in the running for an award by the national disability charity, Sense. Michael Highland has been shortlisted in the 'Family Carer of the Year' category at the 2022 Sense Awards for the care and support he provides to his young daughter who has cerebral palsy.

Michael has devoted his life to caring for his 11-year-old daughter Sophie who is non-verbal and requires 24-hour personal care. He also fundraised and organised stem cell treatment to improve Sophie's quality of life. Sophie attends a mainstream school and Michael has been described as always going the extra mile to ensure his daughter is not left out and has equal opportunities.

Michael Highland said: "I'm genuinely touched and honoured to be shortlisted. My life is giving Sophie a happy childhood and ultimately life, to include her in everything her peers do and give her as many experiences and memories that I can. I count myself lucky every single day having this young lady in my life and am determined she will have the best childhood she can because she deserves it."

Sense Chief Executive, Richard Kramer, said: "We're delighted to shortlist Michael for our 'Family Carer of the Year' award. It's wonderful to see the love Michael has for Sophie and the vital care he provides, and we warmly congratulate him on his nomination."

The Sense Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of people with complex disabilities, as well as the staff, carers, family members, volunteers and fundraisers who support them. Winners will be announced on November 24th. For more information about the Sense Awards visit:

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