Children’s champion nominated for award

Linsay Medica, who has been nominated for a Child Friendly Leeds award, with her son Jack Turpin.

Linsay Medica, who has been nominated for a Child Friendly Leeds award, with her son Jack Turpin.

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Over the last five years Linsay Medica has supported dozens of families across Leeds.

The 42-year-old founded Little Hiccups – a group for children and families with a disability.

Linsay’s son Jack Turpin, nine, suffered scarring on the brain due to undetected hypoglycaemia at birth.

And it was her own experiences after her treasured son’s birth that led her to create the group.

The caring mum, who was also nominated for a Pride of Britain Award, has been nominated for a Child Friendly Leeds Awards to celebrate her work.

She said: “I am very humbled.

“It is just so lovely to know we are doing something positive to make a difference.

“I know how daunting it can be for parents and wanted to bring families together to make friendships and help support one another.”

The group meet at Headingley Children’s Centre and have regular day trips and outings.

Linsay added: “The children are all unique and I have met some of the most amazing people through Little Hiccups.

“A lot of children have life limiting conditions and it is about creating happy memories and enjoying them.”

For more information visit www.littlehiccups.co.uk.

NOMINATE YOUR CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS

Nominate places, people and organisations across Leeds that have made a big difference to the lives of children.

The second Child Friendly Leeds Awards, which are being organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds City Varieties, recognise the extraordinary efforts made to help celebrate our city’s children.

The awards will be split into five categories and they include:

* Best place in Leeds for children and young people

* Children’s Champion for youngsters under 11

* Children’s Champion for young people aged between 11 and 18

* Looking after children and young people

* Best overall contribution to making Leeds a child friendly city

Nominations for the awards can be made online at childfriendlyleeds.wordpress.com/awards.

The deadline for nominations for the awards is October 31.

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