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Nominate an inspiring young person for our Hannah Dennis Alopecia Awareness Award 2022

Being awarded for the third time in September 2022, the Hannah Dennis Alopecia Awareness Award will be given out annually to a child or young person (aged 3-23) in recognition of their efforts to raise awareness of alopecia.

About the Award

At Alopecia UK, we are very lucky to be in touch with some fabulous young people who work hard to raise awareness of alopecia. This might involve raising awareness in their school or college, or spreading the word in their local community, and/or fundraising for Alopecia UK.

We are excited to be welcoming nominations again for this award to celebrate achievements in alopecia awareness, whilst honouring the memory of a wonderful friend to Alopecia UK, Hannah Dennis.

About Hannah

Hannah Dennis is a much-loved volunteer and supporter of Alopecia UK who sadly passed away in 2018. Hannah did so much in her life to raise awareness of alopecia after she was diagnosed with alopecia areata at the age of 14, losing all her hair at the age of 16.

Hannah created videos on YouTube to help others with alopecia and to raise awareness of the condition. Hannah was a proud champion of Alopecia UK and would regularly signpost her own followers back to the charity and raise awareness of our work. 

Alopecia UK is extremely proud to continue Hannah’s legacy of alopecia awareness and ensure her contributions to the alopecia community are never forgotten.

Last year’s winner – well done Jessica!

The second winner of the Hannah Dennis Alopecia Awareness Award went to Jessica Mearkle – congratulations Jessica!

Jessica did some amazing alopecia awareness in her school, wrote to lots of different authors asking them to include more characters with alopecia, and raised over £2,500 for Alopecia UK – what a star!

Jessica said: “I feel really proud that I’ve won this award! My mum and dad didn’t tell me I had won, I was so surprised!”.

Read more about Jessica’s experience of winning the Hannah Dennis Award here.

How to nominate a young person for the award

To be eligible, the nominee will have participated in some alopecia awareness activity in the 12 months prior to the date of nomination. Nominees must be aged 3 -23 and live in the UK (including the Channel Islands). Our online nomination form will open from Tuesday 3rd May 2022 (what would have been Hannah's 28th birthday) and will close on Monday 18th July 2022.


The Judging Process

Nominations received will be judged by a panel that includes Hannah’s parents Stephen and Elaine Dennis, Alopecia UK Trustee Steve Lindsey, Alopecia UK CEO Sue Schilling, and Alopecia UK’s founder Vicky Rees.

The winner of the Hannah Dennis Award is not chosen from the number of votes received for an individual, but will be scored against a set list of judging criteria. All it could take is for one nomination that really shows the judging panel how that nominee has raised alopecia awareness!

The winner will be announced during Alopecia Awareness Month, September 2022 (Exact date TBC).

If you have any questions please email the Alopecia UK team on: [email protected]