Awards Categories

The O.A. Denly Memorial Award 

Sponsored by Brig-Ayd

This is the headline award and is named after “Denny” Denly one of our charity founders who sadly died in 2010. Paralysed by polio whilst serving in the Royal Navy, Denny went on to astonish the world by driving his “Argson Invalid Carriage” across the Alps. He was a life-long campaigner for the rights of disabled people and a keen sportsman. 

This award will recognise a disabled person who, like Denny, has taken on a truly inspiring challenge. Perhaps you know someone who has undertaken a similarly inspiring adventure, or you have been inspired by their personal campaigning and courage.  Nominees for this award should be people who live their life to the full, whatever the circumstances.

Young Achiever Award 

sponsored by Mobility vehicle hire

This award aims to recognise a disabled person under the age of 25 who is an outstanding achiever. You might know/or be a young person who has taken on an inspiring challenge or has achieved something thought to be impossible for them. This award will go to a young person who does not let their disability stop them achieving and over comes obstacles.

The DMUK Magazine Writers Award

Disabled Motoring UK often features articles written by members in the monthly membership magazine. Has there been an article you have particularly enjoyed reading? We will consider nominations for all articles that have featured in the magazine since June 2013.

Sporting Achievement Award

Sponsored by Blue Badge Fraud Investigation

For an individual, team or organisation who either by their own sporting achievements or a more organised program of work has encouraged, inspired and enabled people with disabilities to participate in sport. We will consider nominations associated with all sporting disciplines, including but not limited to motorsports and official Paralympic sports.

Best Driving Instructor Award 

Learning to drive can be a daunting task for anybody. However, if you have a disability it can be particularly difficult – just finding an instructor to teach you can be a big task in itself.  This new category recognises a driving instructor who has a passion for teaching disabled people to drive and has gone above and beyond to make sure they obtain their licence.

Shopping Centre Experience Award

Shopping Centres are increasingly the more convenient way to shop. We are looking for the shopping centre which provides the best experience for disabled people. Is the car park accessible? Do they enforce the Blue Badge scheme? Is their Shop Mobility excellent? Can you access the shops without any problems? If you’ve had a particularly good experience at a shopping Centre we want to hear from you.

If you are nominating your own Shopping Centre for this award, please provide specific evidence of relevant staff training and your customer service achievements in this area.

Parking Enforcement Award

This award is open to all local authority and private operators managing on-street and off-street parking.

If you manage a car park your application should include how you have enabled disabled people to enter, exit and pay and any other adaptations you have made to make your car park accessible. Your application could also include examples of how you enforce the Blue Badge scheme and ensure it is not being abused by non-disabled people.

This category is also open to operators/local authorities who manage on-street parking and we are particularly interested to hear new and innovative ways in which Blue Badge abuse is being managed.  

DPA Car Park of the Year - New

Sponsored by the British Parking Association

This category is only open to entrants who hold our Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) and must have a valid accreditation on the date of the DMUK Awards ceremony. The car park must demonstrate that they have exceeded the standards set out by the DPA to make improving parking for disabled motorists.

Best Car Converter Award

Many disabled people need an adapted car in order to drive and we are seeking to recognise a car converter/supplier that has gone above and beyond to help a disabled person get on the road. This company could provide adaptations or be a wheelchair accessible vehicle converter or supplier. We are looking for exemplary service from the initial enquiry to taking delivery of your vehicle.

If you are nominating your own company for this award, please provide specific evidence of relevant staff training and your customer service achievements in this area.

Mobility Product Award

sponsored by

This award celebrates the ingenuity of designers who have created products which help people with disabilities get from A to B. This could be a car adaptation to help you drive, scooter, sports wheelchair, walker etc. From the most technologically advanced equipment to the simplest idea – if it helps you get around then why not nominate your favourite product for this award!

Happy Holidays Award

Whether your idea of holiday heaven is speeding down the ski slopes or soaking up the sun, getting the access right is crucial if you’re going to enjoy every moment. There’s nothing worse than turning up at your hotel, resort or visitor attraction to find you can’t do what you want to do. This award aims to recognise a hotel, travel agent, visitor attraction or organisation that has given you fantastic memories.

If you would like to nominate an organisation for this award, please include their contact details and some information about the holiday you enjoyed. If you are nominating your own organisation for this award, please provide specific evidence of relevant staff training and your customer service achievements in this area.

special recognition award

This award recognises an individual, organisation, or company that has made a significant contribution to the work of DMUK. (We will not accept nominations for this category as the winner will be decided by the charity).