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Over the years Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards has recognised and honoured some of the region’s bravest and most deserving children and young adults. In 2014 we also started to identify local Groups and Organisations that contribute significantly to the welfare of children in the community. You can read their stories and watch their videos here:

Winners 0 - 12 years

Sporting Achievement

Lucas Town

Despite his cerebral palsy, Lucas Town plays football in Oldham every two weeks and attends tournaments. The youngster also takes part in a high school wheelchair club and has played wheelchair rugby, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and goes swimming. Lucas competed at his school’s sports day event recently and came first place in an adapted beanbag race – with his classmates and parents of children cheering him over the line. The sports-mad young man has taken part in a range of other sporting activities with his Cubs unit – including climbing, abseiling, grass sledging, archery and has recently been filmed for a new programme on the CBeebies TV show.

Watch Lucas's video

Young Carer

Romeo Challenger

Romeo takes on more than most children in his age group. The youngster cares for his mother who is epileptic, on kidney dialysis and struggles to walk due to dystonia. He looks after her when she has a seizure by knowing when she is going to have one and keeps her safe. He also comforts her and gives her a drink and medication after her seizure. The inspirational youngster also helps take care of his younger sister and does all he can to make his mum’s life easier.

Watch Romeo's video

Special Recognition

Oscar Day

After being born at 29 weeks’ gestation, Oscar’s lung collapsed when he was one-day-old, which caused him severe cerebral palsy. His parents were told a few weeks later that it was likely Oscar would be deaf and blind. Now three year old, Oscar has full sight and good hearing and has defied the odds. He has already undergone two surgical operations and suffers pain and spasms every day and struggles to lift his head, sit and walk. But, after a recent operation on his hip, which left both his legs in a cast for three weeks, he came out smiling and laughing the day after. The youngster continues to take on any challenge he faces and now attends a local nursery and joins in with his peers.

Watch Oscar's video

Fundraiser

Amber Buckle

Eight year old Amber Buckle has been going the extra mile since she could walk. Aged just five years old the inspirational youngster walked the Yorkshire Three Peaks and raised money for Heart Research UK. She has since run a number of 5 kilometre races and taken part in a string of five mile walks. Amber also organised a Winter Walk around Roundhay Park, climbed the pen-y-ghent peak in the Yorkshire Dales and has sold key rings she made herself to raise cash. The Leeds Rhinos fan famously challenged Bradford Bulls player Adrian Purtell to run a race after he suffered a heart attack in 2012 during his recovery. The youngster beat the rugby star to the finish line while raising money for charity. Amber’s latest challenge was to swim a mile for charity and the youngster managed to complete 64 lengths in a pool in just an hour and a half.

Watch Amber's video

Outstanding Bravery

Freddie McDonald

At 4 months old Freddie was diagnosed with a rare life threatening liver disease called Alagille Syndrome. It affects just 1 in 100,000.    At 2 and a half years old the family were told that Freddie had congenital heart disease, rickets and his liver disease was so bad he was listed for a transplant in June 2015.  He received an organ donor on 21st September 2016 at just 3 years old.   Six months after his liver transplant he had open heart surgery at Leeds to repair his heart defect. Freddie has inspired family, friends and even strangers to raise money for The Children’s Liver Disease Foundation.  So far the total stands at £65 000, raised through sky-dives, Three Peaks challenges and summer balls.

Watch Freddie's video

Winners 13 - 18 years

Sporting Achievement

Ellie Sutcliffe

16 year old Ellie Sutcliffe is a young rugby star in West Yorkshire. The youngster plays rugby for Castleford Rugby Union and Oulton Riders League, at open age. She also plays for Yorkshire Ladies under 18s rugby union and has recently been selected to train with the England Ladies’ rugby league team. When she was six years old Ellie’s mum Jo had an operation which leftr her with pancreatitis, anaphylaxis and severe diabetes. Ellie stepped up as her mum’s main carer and deals with regular anaphylactic shocks and trips to hospital with her mum. Even more remarkable, the sporting star had an accident aged eight and broke her leg and foot so badly that she had to miss school for a year. The accident left the youngster with one foot two sizes bigger than the other and her rugby boots have to be taped on. Ellie battled back, caught up on missed school time and has just taken her GCSEs at St. Wilfred’s High School in Featherstone. Her family and friends have since described her as an ‘amazing girl who has found that playing rugby has really helped her’.

Watch Ellie's video

Young Carer

Rosey Naylor

Rosey Naylor always lives life with a smile on her face, even when times get tough. The 13 year old lives with her mum. dad and sister, who has autism. After mum, Michelle, fell over following a slip on black ice a few years ago, she suffered brain damage and now has epilepsy. Her mum has fits throughout the day and has been taken to hospital on several occasions. Throughout her mum’s battle, Rosey has cared for her. The youngster arranges her medication, calls 999 in emergencies and looks after her sister, who worries when being home alone with her mum that she cannot take car of her. Family and friends have described Rosey as ‘one of the most caring and thoughtful people’ they have ever known. The inspirational youngster also helps a friend of her mother, who has adopted three children with special needs. She puts on such a brave face and even though she is given a terribly hard time at her secondary school from other girls, still keeps on smiling.

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Special Recognition

James Goldberg

Seeing his father, Richard take on a gruelling cycle challenge from Leeds to London to raise money for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital inspired a young James Goldberg. After his dad and grandma passed away a few years later, the youngster wanted to emulate the feat. He has since taken part in two separate cycle challenges with fellow school friends Ollie Walton, Finlay Bruce, Benji Ambler and Adam Best. The tenacious group has now raised more than £24,000 for Cancer Research UK. In their latest cycling fundraiser, the youngsters travelled 179 miles in three days for charity

Watch James's video

Fundraiser

Ella Marsden

14 year old Ella Marsden has taken part in a 10 kilometre run every year since being old enough. The youngster, who has Type One diabetes, has vigorously campaigned to break down stigma and raise awareness about the condition since being a little girl. Ella supports the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) charity – which is dedicated to Type One diabetes. This year, Ella’s school has chosen the JDRF as its charity to support. Last November, on World Diabetes Day, the youngster held a ‘party night’ event with the help of her dedicated mum, where 120 people attended to learn more about the condition. Ella has since been invited by JDRF to Parliament in London, for an event to meet MPs. She has raised over £5,500 for charity.

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Outstanding Bravery

Connor Lynes

Brave Connor Lynes has had to battle all his life. He lost his devoted dad when he was one year old and later moved in with his aunt after his mum could no longer cope. Four years after the move, the youngster also lost his grandmother after a battle with cancer. Then in 2010, after developing a love for sport, Connor was involved in a collision with a car aged eight years old. The youngster suffered multiple fractures but battled back to return to the field for a local rugby team. But one year later, after a tackle while playing, Connor had a blood clot in an artery which eventually caused a stroke. He has since returned home after surgery and despite suffering with confusion, memory and fatigue sickness, has raised £5,000 for local charities.

Watch Connor's video

Group Award Winners

Group Award

Martin House

Martin House is the local children’s hospice for North, East and West Yorkshire. They aim to make every day count for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses, and their families. Every year they support more than 400 children and young people and 150 bereaved families, providing care and support at their hospice in Boston Spa, and out in the community. All services are free of charge to the families that need them.

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