Nominations open for the 2018 WellChild Awards

Posted on the 19th January 2018

Nominations for the 2018 WellChild Awards, in association with GSK, are open. This prestigious annual event celebrates the inspirational qualities of the UK’s seriously ill children and young people and the dedication of those who go that extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.

WellChild is calling on the public to put forward their 2018 nominations in all categories for the Awards, an event which can make a real impact on the morale of the winners, their families and others who provide care and support.

At last year’s star-studded WellChild Awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London our winners had the chance to chat with many of the invited celebrities and supporters of WellChild including Royal Patron, Prince Harry.

Speaking at the 2017 WellChild Awards, Prince Harry said: “These awards were created to shine a bright light on an amazingly brave group of children and young people, on their lives, and on the resolve they and their families have shown to overcome challenges. Life for families caring for seriously ill children is exceptionally tough. And without WellChild it is even tougher.

Over the years, the WellChild Awards has played a huge part in highlighting what these families need, and the support that is desperately needed to meet the ever-increasing demand.

WellChild Patron Prince Harry speaking at the 2017 WellChild Awards

The 2017 WellChild Awards ceremony saw children and professionals from across the country being awarded for their exceptional bravery and care. WellChild is now calling on the public to put forward their nominations for the 2018 WellChild Awards.

Guests at the 2017 event included grime artist Stormzy, magician Dynamo, entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, doctor and TV personality Dr Ranj, Olympian Sam Quek and businesswoman Karen Brady. There were performances from impressionist Jon Culshaw and boyband Union J. The Awards, in association with global healthcare company GSK, were hosted by Ashley Banjo from dance group Diversity and TV presenter Gaby Roslin. GSK has been the sponsor of the WellChild Awards for ten years.

2017 WellChild Award winners - WellChild Awards

Prince Harry, with 2017 WellChild Award winners

If you know someone who deserves special recognition then nominate them for a WellChild Award on the website here. The closing date for entries is April 9th.

There are more children and young people than ever before in the UK living with serious illness or exceptional health needs. The WellChild Awards is a unique opportunity to honour the bravery of these children, young people and the dedication of those that care for them.

Entries for the 2018 Awards will be judged by an expert panel including former winners, health professionals and child health researchers. Awards will be handed out at this year’s glamorous event in London in Autumn 2018.

Categories for nominations are as follows:

  • Inspirational Child or Young Person – A child or young person between the ages of four and eighteen who has kept smiling against all odds in coping with or overcoming serious illness, and who deserves to be celebrated for their extraordinary courage.
  • Most Caring Child or Young Person – A special child between the ages of four and eighteen who devotes much of their time and energy freely and lovingly to care for a friend or sibling who is sick.
  • Nurse – A nurse working with children and young people who goes the extra mile for the children and young people in their care.
  • Doctor – A doctor working with children and young people who goes the extra mile for the children and young people in their care.
  • Outstanding Professional Award – A professional who has worked above and beyond for children and young people in their care.
  • Health Team – A team of doctors, nurses, or other healthcare professionals, who work together to make a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill children.

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