Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2017 – Full House for the 7th Annual Ceremony
On Friday 13th October the region’s finest young people were recognised and honoured at a star-studded and emotional ceremony held at New Dock Hall in Leeds.
The 7th annual Awards Dinner was the culmination of a year of planning, 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.
A star-studded line up of personalities from the worlds of Entertainment, Business and Sport in Yorkshire attended to lend their support to a fast moving, fun filled evening, compèred by ITV Calendar’s Christine Talbot.
Event Ambassadors, The Chuckle Brothers and Jack Carroll have given freely of their time and supported the event for many years. This year Paul Chuckle and Jack Carroll attended and entertained the 650 guests booked in for dinner, provided by the award winning Aagrah Group of Restaurants.
The list of celebrities attending read like a Who’s Who of Yorkshire’s best. Representing Sport were Hannah Cockroft MBE, Nile Wilson Olympic bronze medallist gymnast, Eddie Gray of Leeds United and Eorl Crabtree ex England Rugby League star. The business world was represented by Sir Gary Verity and Kate Hardcastle.
Special thanks go to the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dowson who represented the city of Leeds and the newly elected Leeds’s Children’s Mayor Isla Bentley who carried out her first official duty. They were joined by Charlotte Newman, Ambassador to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
2017 is the 25th Anniversary of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, the organisation behind these awards. Since launching their Charitable Foundation they have raised over £60m and donated to hundreds of UK and overseas charities. All funds raised have always been matched pound for pound by the company. However this year they pledged to double match all funds to substantially increase the opportunity to make significant differences to the lives of children and young people in the community. Yorkshire Children of Courage is dedicated to supporting fund raising in the Yorkshire region.
This truly unique Awards Dinner has grown in stature and popularity and this time attracted a record number of nominations for some truly inspirational children and young adults whose lives have often been affected by extreme adversity. They were honoured in two age categories – up to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old for their Courage, Caring, Sporting Achievement and Fundraising activities – the list of winners can be seen on the Yorkshire Children of Courage website (www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk)
In addition there is a Group Award for the most deserving charitable organisation, decided online by the public. The 2017 nominees were Children’s Heart Surgery Fund, Heart Research UK and PACT (the Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia). The winners were PACT who were presented with a cheque for £5,000 and the two runners-up received cheques for £2,500 each.
Stephen Mitchell, Representative of the St. James’s Place 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 the St. James’s Place Foundation to give to carefully selected local, national and overseas charities. Nights like this make so many of us realise just how lucky and privileged we are. All the nominees should be very proud of themselves, whether they win an award or not because, in our eyes, they are all winners!”