People can vote for Rashmi here: https://nominate.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/Nominate/Endorse/32152?name
Rashmi’s nomination follows in the footsteps of the charity’s ambassador Anne Wafula-Strike MBE, nominated for the same Award in 2015 – the same year Rashmi scooped her Woman of the Year Award.
The National Diversity Awards celebrates the achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving charities, role models and community heroes recognition for their dedication and hard work. The ceremony celebrates the inspiring achievements of positive role models like Rashmi and recognise nominees in their respective fields of diversity.
“Rashmi’s nomination is truly fantastic news,” said The British Polio Fellowship National Chairman David Mitchell. “Rashmi has done so much over the years to show that Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) are no bar to achievement and her efforts have made her a star of our member magazine, the bulletin. 120,000 people in the UK live with PPS and the importance of role models for those struggling with its effects cannot be underestimated. We wish Rashmi every success with this thoroughly deserved nomination.”
Despite Polio and PPS, Rashmi continues to be active. In August 2017, Rashmi completed the Superhero Triathlon, raising money for The British Polio Fellowship in the process. No stranger to sport, Rashmi competed in the original Stoke Mandeville games, where she represented Bradford at swimming.
“Well, what a surprise it was to be nominated!,” said Rashmi Barker, commenting on her nomination. “It has been quite overwhelming but really heart-warming. All I have done is try to live my life to do the best I can. People say I am inspiring, I just say I’m me having fun and being inspired by them. I was always happy to talk about my disability and PPS, as I believed that once people had knowledge about it, it wasn’t so scary!,” Rashmi concluded.
The British Polio Fellowship is a charity dedicated to helping, supporting and empowering those in the UK living with the late effects of Polio and PPS. For further information about the British Polio Fellowship and details on how to make a donation, visit www.britishpolio.org.uk or call 0800 043 1935.