Holly and her family with the Charity Film Award
  

Holly, the autistic star of our second Too Much Information film, visited our head office last week with her mum Jo and sister Katie.

It was so good to see Holly and her family again - and to get some photos of them with the Charity Film of the Year award. We were recently awarded this prestigious accolade at the annual Charity Film Awards for our film ‘Make it Stop’. We couldn't have done this without the help of talented people like our lead actor, Holly, as well as everyone who liked, shared or commented on social media and, of course, all of you who voted too.


Holly is now planning to take the award into her school when the new term starts, to help increase understanding and acceptance of autism.

Blue Peter 

Talking to Holly, we found out that this isn't the only accolade the film has received. Holly was recently awarded a Diamond Blue Peter badge, in part for her involvement in the film!

Blue Peter badges are highly sought after and are awarded to people who appear on the CBBC show, have done something special or completed a specific badge application task. 

Holly and Katie with their Blue Peter badges

In Holly's application for the Diamond badge, she wrote:

Last year, I was part of the 2017 National Autistic Society TMI campaign and I was in a film, and I did an assembly at my school. This inspired people to be more accepting of autism, and I inspired my friends to be confident in who they are.


We also found out that Holly's sister Katie, who is autistic too, was awarded a Diamond Blue Peter badge as well, after she wrote about her mum’s favourite memory of watching the programme when she was younger.

Jo said: "It was great to see the TMI team again and for Holly to get her hands on the Charity Film award. Holly had such a wonderful time working on the film last year and the award means so much to her.

"Holly and Katie are huge fans of Blue Peter and they've wanted a badge for years. This year, the show is marking its Diamond anniversary and are awarding special diamond badges.

"Holly and Katie wanted a diamond badge; they both designed a diamond badge and completed some questions on a form as part of the application. Holly wrote about her experience of working with the National Autistic Society, as an example of how she has inspired others – she is very proud of this. The girls were both incredibly excited when their diamond badges arrived in the post.

"I'm so proud of Holly and Katie for putting themselves forward and always being so keen to improve understanding and acceptance of autism."