Added: (Thu Feb 28 2002)

Pressbox (Press Release) - London, 28 February 2002 - Food obsessions, sleep problems, drug prevention, domestic violence, male prostitution, mental health issues are just some of the areas receiving funding in the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) International IMPACT Awards 2002.

Over the past five years 50 UK community healthcare charities have been awarded 1.3 million in recognition of their work dealing, in many cases, with some of the most difficult and distressing social issues.

The Awards Ceremony being held in London on 28 February 2002 will once again see ten exceptional and very different charities being awarded 25,000 each.

Working in partnership with the King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity, the GSK awards are designed to recognise and promote the work of small to medium sized voluntary organisations, which have made a demonstrable impact on the health of their local communities.

Almost 300 applications were received from which the distinguished judging panel selected ten winners. Ten other projects were highly commended by the panel and will each receive 1,000.

Unusually there is no stipulation as to how or on what the money is to be used by each of the charities. Claire Hitchcock, Director, Global Community Partnerships, Europe and International, GlaxoSmithKline explains: “We profiled the short-listed charities very closely before deciding the winners and realised that each organisation had its own specific need in terms of where to invest. We do not need to tell charities how to spend the money. We are confident the winners will invest wisely on their own accord and put the money to maximum use.”

This is a view held by previous winners. Gloucester Emergency Accommodation Resource (GEAR), a charity providing accommodation as well as healthcare, advice and support for homeless men and women in Gloucester is currently developing a ‘one stop’ centre offering support, information, healthcare, housing and employment thanks to a 2001 GSK IMPACT Award.

Brian Jones, Director of GEAR comments: “The 2001 IMPACT Award came at an opportune moment and has been invaluable. The award money has been extremely beneficial in supporting our financial needs for the ‘one stop’ centre, which should be completed in 2003. Winning has elevated our reputation, which has in turn, raised our potential funding profile. It underlined our assertion that on our own we cannot hope to solve the very complex problems that we are faced with on a daily basis.”

The ten winners of the 2002 GlaxoSmithKline International Impact Awards are:

Aberdeenshire Life Education Centre: Aberdeenshire
A centre dedicated to tackling the growing regional drug problem by educating children on health and life issues.

Core Arts: London
Community arts project promoting mental well being through creativity for those suffering mental health problems. Courses include: life drawing, painting, photography and guitar.

ESCAPE Family Support: Northumbria
Providing support, counselling and educational information for families and carers of drug misusers.

Institute for Counselling and Development: Northern Ireland
Counselling and psychotherapy for older people, carers, people with learning disabilities and others experiencing mental health problems.

The Pioneering Care Partnership: in Newton Aycliffe, Co, Durham
A centre established to improve the health and quality of life of local people in the Sedgefield district, where over 17% of the local population have a limiting long-term illness and deaths from heart attacks are 44% higher than the national average.

Prader – Willi Syndrome Association: Derby
An association dedicated to helping those with Prader-Willi Syndrome: a rare dietary illness whose sufferers often display an obsession with food.

Sleep Scotland: Edinburgh
Supporting the families of children, some with special needs who have severe sleep problems.

St Helen’s District Women’s Aid (SHDWA): St Helens, Liverpool
Supporting women and families suffering domestic violence.

Streetwise Youth: London
Dedicated to providing support to young men who are caught up in London’s sex industry. 75% of the men who are helped by the project are homeless and many suffer from mental health problems.

The Total Learning Challenge: Newcastle Upon Tyne
Helping children with behavioural and mental health problems who are in danger of being excluded from school.

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Winners’ details:

Aberdeenshire Life Education Centre (ALEC), Paul Monks, 0208 533 3500
Core Arts, London
ESCAPE, Northumberland, Janet Murphy, 01670 369492
Institute for Counselling and Development, ICPD, Belfast, Professor Conliffe,
028 90 330 996
The Pioneering Care Partnership, Durham, Jane Hartley, 01325 321334
Prader-Willi Syndrome Assoc (PWSA), Derby, N Sharma, 01332 365676
Sleep Scotland, Edinburgh, Jane Awsell, 0131 651 1392
St Helen’s District Women’s Aid, Liverpool, Eileen Taylor, 01744 735477
Streetwise Youth, London, Ciaran McKinney, 020 7370 0406
The Total Learning Challenge, Newcastle, Toby Qibell, 0191 2755023

Issued by Prowse & Company on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline
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Vicki Fletcher or Deborah Fields, Prowse & Co, on +44 1372 363386
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Editor’s Notes

The International IMPACT Awards play a significant part in GSK’s Global Community Programme which aims to support the company’s commitment to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

The scheme is running concurrently with a sister initiative in Philadelphia, USA, which is the US headquarters of GlaxoSmithKline.

The acronym IMPACT derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated; Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community Focus and Targeting Need.

GlaxoSmithKline’s Global Community Programme has been active in many countries since its launch in 1998 and involves many projects other than the IMPACT Awards. Investment from the Programme is divided in three ways. Cash, in the form of grants and awards; projects donated to disadvantaged communities and the time and expertise of GSK employees.

The programme has included initiatives such as health charity Project Hope’s work in Bosnia, educating Bosnian healthcare professionals in paediatric rehabilitation. The European Health Matters School Awards, to help 11- 16 year old students to understand issues underlying healthcare. Other projects include the Product Outreach Programme under which GSK manufacture drugs for the specific needs of the worlds’ poor and disadvantaged.

Here in the UK, GSK has a continuing programme of charitable activities, which places special emphasis on scientific education and medical research. In addition, GSK seeks to fund initiatives for improving healthcare in the UK and supports a variety of projects in the visual and performing arts, as well as the environment.

As one of the world’s leading research based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, GSK is dedicated to delivering innovative medicines and products that help millions of people around the world live longer, healthier and happier lives.

For company information please visit GlaxoSmithKline at www.gsk.com

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