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Honouring outstanding young people in Yorkshire Raising funds for deserving charities

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Full house expected at Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2018

On Friday 12th October the region’s finest young people will be recognised and honoured at a star-studded and emotional ceremony held at New Dock Hall in Leeds.

The 8th annual Awards Dinner is the culmination of a year of planning which is dedicated not only to celebrating the achievements of courageous and determined young individuals, but also to raising funds for the St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation.

This year’s Awards will be presented by Louise Minchin, BBC Breakfast presenter who will leave the red sofa behind and cross the Pennines to Yorkshire for the evening! In addition to her BBC duties Louise presents frequently at numerous charity dinners up and down the country and the Organisers are looking forward to welcoming her.

A star-studded line up of personalities from the worlds of Entertainment, Business and Sport in Yorkshire will attend to lend their support to a fast moving, fun filled evening, which will be compèred by Jon Hammond.

Event Ambassadors Jack Carroll and Hannah Cockroft MBE will be in attendance as well as Paul Elliot who will be present this year without his well-loved and remembered brother Barry, the other half of the Chuckle Brothers.

Entertainment for the 700 guests will be provided by the very popular Yorkshire swing and jazz band, the Mini Big Band, with contributions throughout the evening from QEGS Junior School Choir and Junior Frood a past winner, award winning street dancer and anti-bullying campaigner. A magnificent Indian banquet will be once again provided by the award winning Aagrah Group of Restaurants.

Special thanks go to the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Leeds, Councillors Graham and Pat Latty, representing the city of Leeds and the newly elected Leeds’s Children’s Mayor, Rio Abbott, carrying out his first official duty. They are joined by Charlotte Newman, Ambassador to the Teenage Cancer Trust, Sir Gary Verity and Claire Young from the worlds of business; Eorl Crabtree, Antony Cotterill, Rob Jones and Bob Bowman representing sport in Yorkshire along with  Jack Downham who plays Noah Dingle in Emmerdale.

The event is set to be a night to remember in addition to raising funds for St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation. Every pound raised at the event is matched by St. James’s Place Wealth Management with funds dedicated locally to make significant differences to the lives of children and young people in the Yorkshire region.

This truly unique Awards Dinner has grown in stature and popularity and attracted a large number of nominations for some truly inspirational children and young adults this year whose lives have often been affected by illness or extreme adversity. They will be honoured in two age categories – up to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old, for their Courage, Caring, Sporting Achievement, Fundraising activities and Outstanding Bravery.

In addition there is a Group Award for the most deserving charitable organisation, decided online by the public. The 2018 nominees are SNAPS, Flamingo Chicks and Carers’ Resource.

Tim Willis, Head of Location at St. James’s Place Leeds and a member of the Foundation Committee, commented on behalf of the organisers: “We are once again extremely proud to host an amazing evening recognising the courage and achievements of some of Yorkshire’s finest young people, whilst at the same time raising funds for our Charitable Foundation. We are, as ever, thankful to our commercial sponsors and the SJP Leeds Partners without whom we could not continue to evolve this amazing event. Nights like this make so many of us realise just how lucky and privileged we are”.