Video: The Chuckle Brothers launch hunt is on to find Yorkshire’s courageous children

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BRAVE children who were honoured at an awards ceremony helped kick off the search for the next group of courageous youngsters to celebrated.

This year marks the fifth Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards, which takes place at New Dock Hall, Leeds in October.

The Chuckle Brothers Barry and Paul Elliott with Billy Pearce, (centre), and past winners looking on.

The Chuckle Brothers Barry and Paul Elliott with Billy Pearce, (centre), and past winners looking on.

From a poorly little boy who inspired hundreds of people around the world, to a teenager who became a spokesperson for autism, the awards recognise the young people in the region who have shown courage in dealing with difficult circumstances, while raising money to help disadvantaged youngsters.

Many of last year’s winners were at the Headingley Experience in Leeds last night to launch this year’s search, as well as children’s entertainers and award ambassadors The Chuckle Brothers, Britain’s Got Talent stars Hypnodog and Krystyna Lennon, and supporters comedian Billy Pearce, Leeds Rhinos’ Gary Hetherington and Jamie-Jones Buchanan.

Stephen Mitchell, Leeds representative of the St James Place Foundation, and founder the awards, said: “I speak from my heart in saying how overwhelmed we are with all the support we’ve received from all the guests that came along to help us officially launch Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2015 and open the nominations for individual and group awards. In 2014 our fundraising reached £100,000 and we look set to exceed that amount at the Dinner on October 16.”

The Yorkshire Post is the media partner of the awards, and managing editor Nicola Furbisher said: “We are delighted to be involved once again and urge our readers to support it by nominating worthy children for an award.”

Award Ambassadors The Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry Elliott, at the launch at the Headingley Experience.''Picture: James Hardisty

Award Ambassadors The Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry Elliott, at the launch at the Headingley Experience.''Picture: James Hardisty

Nominations are now open at www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk

Kate Hardcastle, Billy Pearce, The Chuckle Brothers Paul, and Barry Elliott, Leeds Rhino's player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Helen Oldham, Managing Director Johnston Press Yorkshire and Scotsman Publications, and Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhino's Chief Executive.''Picture: James Hardisty

Kate Hardcastle, Billy Pearce, The Chuckle Brothers Paul, and Barry Elliott, Leeds Rhino's player Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Helen Oldham, Managing Director Johnston Press Yorkshire and Scotsman Publications, and Gary Hetherington, Leeds Rhino's Chief Executive.''Picture: James Hardisty

Leila Higgins, three, with the Chuckle Brothers and comedian Billy Pearce, at the launch at the Headingley Experience.''Picture: James Hardisty

Leila Higgins, three, with the Chuckle Brothers and comedian Billy Pearce, at the launch at the Headingley Experience.''Picture: James Hardisty

Stephen Mitchell, awards founder, with past winners Sianagh Gallagher, 18, of York, and Charlotte Firth, 11, of Leeds.''''Picture: James Hardisty

Stephen Mitchell, awards founder, with past winners Sianagh Gallagher, 18, of York, and Charlotte Firth, 11, of Leeds.''''Picture: James Hardisty

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