On 3rd October, 2016 Prince Harry and a host of celebrities recognised the courage of children and young people with exceptional health needs at the annual WellChild Awards, in association with GSK at the Dorchester, Park Lane, London.
Also honoured at the prestigious star–studded ceremony run by WellChild – the national charity for seriously ill children – were dedicated professionals, volunteers, brothers and sisters who have gone the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children, young people and their families.
The high profile Awards ceremony was attended by many of WellChild’s celebrity supporters as well as Patron Prince Harry who met all the winners and their families at a reception before the ceremony. Hosts for the night were Dick and Dom and Gaby Roslin and Awards were presented by, among others, Penny Lancaster Stewart with her son Alastair, Ashley Banjo and Perri Kiely from Diversity, Olympic swimming legend, Mark Foster and Ollie Locke and Spencer Matthews from Made in Chelsea.
Speaking at the 2016 WellChild Awards ceremony, Prince Harry said: “This is now my ninth WellChild awards and each year at this remarkable event, I am profoundly moved by the people I have met and the stories they have shared with me.
It is one of those moments in life when you are left in awe at the strength of human character, particularly amongst those so young. Watching these children and young people face challenges with such determination, positivity and good humour, never fails to take my breath away.”
With hundreds of nominations received from across the country, the difficult job of choosing winners in all WellChild Award categories is given, each year, to an esteemed panel of judges. That panel consists of leading health professionals and others with an interest in children’s health and includes children and young people who face serious illness themselves.
WellChild’s Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge, is also a member of that panel. She said: “It is a tremendous challenge to select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we receive from all over the country. All the panel members are moved by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of seriously ill children and young people.
“The Awards are a perfect demonstration of WellChild’s commitment to helping as many seriously ill children and their families as we can and embody our aim of raising awareness of their needs. We are grateful to GSK for their continued support of this incredible event.”
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