Search to find Yorkshire’s young stars goes on tour

BBC's Stephanie McGovern and young comedy star Jack Carroll with the 2013 Children of Courage winners
BBC's Stephanie McGovern and young comedy star Jack Carroll with the 2013 Children of Courage winners
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THE SEARCH to honour Yorkshire’s most courageous children will take to Leeds, Harrogate, Sheffield and York this month.

Organisers of the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards have already received a host of nominations through their website, but in a bid to draw in more tales of inspiration youngsters, they are taking the hunt on the road.

October will see the fourth time the St James Place Foundation have hosted the awards, which honour the courageous youngsters while raising money to help disadvantaged and disabled young people.

The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Leeds-based St James Place wealth management company, and has raised more than £34m for disadvantaged and disabled young people over the last 22 years.

The nomination tour begins today, at a charity firewalk event hosted by award sponsor Ascensor in Birstall. Next week, nominations can be made at Harrogate’s Moda in Pelle store on Tuesday, and at Sheffield’s Meadowhall on Thursday.

On Saturday, August 23, it will be at Browns in York and on Thursday August 28, at headline sponsor Arrow Cars at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Stephen Mitchell, representative of the St James’s Place Foundation Committee’s Leeds office said: “Whilst we have received a substantial number of nominations already, we welcome as many as possible and see all this as a major opportunity to raise awareness of the YCCA and ultimately to generate more funds for the St. James’s Place Foundation.”

Nominations in categories including young carer, outstanding bravery, and sporting achievement, close on September 1.

The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards ceremony, which will be hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Steph McGovern, take place at the Royal Armouries on October 10.

For more information on the nomination tour, or to make a nomination, visit

The Yorkshire Children of Courage awards aim to raise money to help disadvantaged youngsters while honouring those who have shown courage in dealing with difficult circumstances.

Last year’s winners included nine-year-old Josh Tootill, of Horsforth, who cares for his mum, who is wheelchair-bound and in constant pain.

Grace Fu, five, of Seacroft, received the Special Recognition award. Despite living with the effects of a serious brain injury, which will leave her dependent on others for the rest of her life, she is an extremely happy child.

Also recognised was George Pearson, who won the Sports Award for his outstanding performance playing powerchair football for Leeds PFC.

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