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Record numbers attend lively 8th Launch Party for annual Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards

Hosted at Weetwood Hall on Tuesday night Yorkshire Children of Courage celebration was attended by Yorkshire celebrities, sponsors, past winners and a host of contributors. The party is designed as a get together of all those involved in the main Awards ceremony which takes place later this year at New Dock Hall on 12th October 2018.

Presented by Made in Leeds TV’s Mark Kielesz-Levine, a packed room heard how the Awards have developed from very small beginnings in a Harrogate Hotel back in 2011, into a prestige black tie event attended by 750 people. The Award winners themselves are the stars of the show, having been individually nominated and honoured for their achievements for bravery, courage, fundraising and caring.

Mark introduced Eddie Gray, long time supporter of YCCA and he was joined by Alex Simmons of Rugby AM, Junior Frood, past winner as well as award winning street dancer, Charlotte Newman who represents the Teenage Cancer Trust as an Ambassador and young actor Jack Downham who plays Noah Dingle in Emmerdale.

Event Ambassadors The Chuckle Brothers sent their apologies having never missed a YCCA party before – they were in London recording for their upcoming Saturday night TV show on BBC1.

Tim Willis of St. James’s Place in Leeds introduced the nominees for this year’s Group Award which is voted for online by the Public. All the nominees were in attendance and are busy harnessing support for what is growing into a prestigious award to win: Flamingo Chicks, SNAPS and Carers’ Resource.

Tim went on to comment: “Without the ongoing support from businesses who give generously as sponsors and hosts, sustaining and developing this event would be that much harder. We are already in the fortunate position of being almost fully sponsored for the Awards night and our table sales are the healthiest ever. I am looking forward to our event on 12th October when BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern returns to present to what we anticipate will be record numbers of guests”.