The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014 – a spectacle of courage, bravery and fun!
The St. James’s Place, Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2014(YCCA), in association with Arrow Cars took place at New Dock Hall, Leeds on Friday 10th October and raised a phenomenal £100,000 for the St. James’s Place Foundation, doubling the amount raised in 2013 and contributing hugely towards helping local community groups and organisations in the region.
The Awards were once again compered by Steph McGovern, BBC Breakfast Journalist; “It’s all about the children, about those that don’t normally get recognised in the community. It’s the most worthy thing I do every year and it’s really good fun – and the kids are all gorgeous!”
Jonathan Ansell, the renowned tenor from G4 and the X Factor became the Voice of the Yorkshire Children of Courage 2014, and was on hand to entertain nominees and guests with his stunning voice.
Stephen Mitchell, representative of the St. James’s Place Foundation Committee for their Leeds office commented on behalf of the organisers: “An amazing event, a real roller coaster of emotions and elation – fantastic to see the faces of the children who are so worthy of winning whilst at the same time raising funds for local, national and international charities.”
Event Ambassadors the Chuckle Brothers were there again with their own special blend of entertainment and humour. They said: “It’s a great cause and makes us all feel that our health needs to be put into context”.
YCCA continues to attract the support of business, entertainment and sporting celebrities with household names attending to give out Awards and congratulate the children. They included Robert Peston – BBC Economics Editor, Claire Young – Entrepreneur and Apprentice Finalist, Kate Hardcastle – speaker and media specialist, Billy Pearce – entertainer, Andrew Gale – Captain of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Jamie Jones- Buchanan – The Leeds Rhinos & England Rugby League International. Last but not least, Charlotte Newman – Face of Teenage Cancer Trust and Charlotte Williams – Leeds Children’s Mayor.
Now in its fourth highly successful year the YCCA Awards have grown in popularity and this year attracted a record number of nominations for some truly inspiring children whose lives have often been affected by extreme illness and difficulty.
Winners received individual recognition for their bravery and achievements and include Reece Randall who was joint winner of the Special Recognition Award in the 0-12 category. Reece was just under the age of 2, when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia with Philadelphia Chromosome. He has lived with his Grandad since the age of 8 months old and together they have set up Little Heroes Charity which has provided thousands of pounds worth of distractions and toys to children in hospital during treatment for cancer. Reece has helped his Grandad with fundraising and toy drops to help other children.
All the winners are profiled on the website at www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk including a new Group Award winner voted for by the public which went to York based Jessie’s Fund.
Anybody wishing to get involved in the YCCA 2015 event can find out more by watching the event video http://bit.ly/ZVvJaf , visiting the website, following on Twitter @YorksChildren or liking on Facebook.