FROM the little girl who raised thousands of pounds for charity, to the teenager who travelled to America to speak at a prestigious conference, Yorkshire’s most courageous children have been honoured at a prestigious ceremony.
The fourth Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards took place at the Royal Armouries last night, in front of 700 proud parents, guests and celebrities.
Those honoured included nine-year-old Evie Addelman, of Alwoodley, who has raised more than £3,000 for charity after being diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease.
She won the fundraiser award.
Also honoured was Nathan Popple, from Adel, who campaigns for the rights of wheelchair users and won the special recognition award. Ebony Fisher, 13, of Normanton, Wakefield, also picked up a special recognition gong for the courage she has shown battling a heart condition and scoliosis.
Jacob Cassidy, of Morley, won a young carer award for the work he does to help look after his mum, who has epilepsy. Rosie King, 16, of Horbury, Wakefield, was also recognised in the young carer category for the support she gives to her parents in looking after her two younger siblings, who both have autism. Rosie has presented an award-winning documentary on autism and even travelled to America to speak at the prestigious TED conference on the subject.
Thomas Raddings, 16, who has Down’s Syndrome, is a successful swimmer with the Able2 Pontefract Special Olympics club and picked up the sporting achievement award.
The event was hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern and Britain’s Got Talent runner-up and previous winner Jack Carroll.
Guests enjoyed a meal by Aagrah Restaurant and entertainment by tenor Jonathan Ansell.
Children’s entertainers the Chuckle Brothers were also on hand to add to the fun.
In total, 12 young people from across Yorkshire were honoured.