This annual award, established in 1994, honours caregiver Evelyn Nicholson and recognises people who are, or who have been, volunteer caregivers to people with MS and who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and devotion in their support. Candidates for the award must be nominated by MS International Federation member organisations. The objectives of the award are to:
- recognise the importance of the role of volunteer caregivers to people with MS
- create greater awareness of the importance of the volunteer caregiver in the lives of people with MS
- give national societies the opportunity to offer a national award for volunteer caregivers.
The winner is awarded UK £500 towards the cost of any suitable product, service or activity identified at the nomination stage. In addition, the winner receives an MS International Federation certificate in recognition of their commitment and dedication. All candidates receive an MS International Federation certificate acknowledging their personal commitment to those affected by MS.