Young Voices: Championing our city’s children

This year's Child Friendly Leeds Award winners.
This year's Child Friendly Leeds Award winners.
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Leeds celebrated its children’s champions at the Child Friendly Leeds Awards. Young reporter Sophie Poole helped to organise the event.

The Child Friendly Leeds awards is a very important event.

It is vital that we recognise the inspiring work done by committed children.

There are some amazing children all around the city, so by staging these awards Leeds really is becoming the child-friendly city promised.

Children are the future, so by recognising them now we are building for the future of the country.

The winners of each award were all very special; they each did some inspirational things in supporting and making Leeds a child-friendly place.

The winners of the children’s champion were both amazing. Evie Addelmen (Younger Children’s Champion) has Crohn’s Disease and she raises funds for Crohns and Coltis UK society.

Aimee Grayson (Older Children’s Champion) has a complex health condition. She supports Leeds Community Healthcare to improve their services towards other children with complex needs.

The award for Looking After Children and Young People went to visually impaired volunteer Tom McSharry.

He volunteers by providing housing advice to young people with complex learning difficulties and support for their families.

This is such an excellent thing to do and clearly deserves recognition.

The Best Place For Children and Young People Award went to Herd Farm Residential and Activity Centre.

They provide challenging activities designed to build children’s confidence and self esteem. It definitely sounds like a lovely place to be: well done to them!

The final award, Best Overall Contribution to Child Friendly Leeds, went to Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

This is a charity that aims to show children the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on individuals’ lives.

This year all of the winners have made a major contribution towards being a child-friendly city.