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, on October 16th at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
Also honoured at the prestigious star-studded ceremony run by WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, were dedicated doctors, nurses, 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 WellChild’s Patron Prince Harry and many of WellChild’s celebrity supporters, including Duncan Bannatyne, Dynamo, Ashley Banjo, Gaby Roslin and many more.
At the awards, Patron Prince Harry said: “This is my tenth year as WellChild’s patron and of course I’m honoured to be here at another awards ceremony celebrating the powerful work of this organisation; each year, I have the privilege of meeting the children you see before you and spending time with their families and carers.
The winners may be different each year, but their stories are all equally moving and inspirational.”
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.