THERE was not a dry eye in the hall as the region’s bravest youngsters were celebrated at the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards.
From the young people excelling despite the toughest of health conditions, to those going out of their way to be a tower of strength for family members in need of support, each of the 12 children who were honoured had an exceptional story to tell.
It is the fifth time the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards has been held, and this year’s event at New Dock Hall in Leeds last night was the biggest yet.
Richard Balmforth, executive director of St James’s Place Wealth Management, Leeds, whose charitable foundation set up the awards, said: “We had a fabulous evening recognising special children who have achieved amazing things - often in adversity and who so deserve our support.”
The event was supported by a host of famous faces including Leeds Rhinos’ star Jamie Jones-Buchanan, The Chuckle Brothers, boxers Troy Williamson and Natasha Gale, Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Sir Gary Verity, and businesswomen Kate Hardcastle and Claire Young
Among the youngsters recognised were eight-year-old Toby Lancaster from Wakefield, who has Down’s Syndrome and has undergone three major heart surgeries.
Garforth cerebral palsy sufferer Lawrence Nicholas was recognised for his sporting endeavours, while eight-year-old young carer Lewis Buntain, from Roundhay, was celebrated for all he does for his aunt Lizzy Georgeson, who is a double amputee.
Meanwood street dancer Junior Frood, 11, was given a sporting achievement award after excelling in dance so much that he is now ranked third in the world.
Little Kadell Anderson-Brown, four, of Kirkstall, was crowned young hero of the year after he sprung into action when his mum collapsed with a suspected heart attack.