2019 WellChild Award Nominations Open!

Posted on the 21st March 2019

WellChild, has opened the call for nominations for the 2019 WellChild Awards, in association with GSK. 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 the extra mile to make a real difference to their lives.

WellChild is calling on people to put forward their 2019 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.

Last year’s event saw children and professionals from across the UK attend the star-studded Awards ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London where the winners had the chance to chat with many of the celebrity guests and WellChild supporters including Royal Patron, The Duke of Sussex and The Duchess of Sussex.

Speaking at the 2018 WellChild Awards, The Duke said: “The stories that we’ve all just heard – of resilience, strength of spirit, and the power of working together –were without doubt, incredibly moving and motivating.  They really sum up what WellChild is all about – giving families the best chance to care for their children at home, and supporting them through the reality of all that that entails.

“I would like to thank all the families here this evening. The mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters, and many other family members who are devoted to their children and giving them the best care possible.  You are such fierce advocates for your children and doing everything in your power to give your family the best chance at a happy life. It is quite simply amazing.”

HRH The Duke of Sussex speaking at the 2018 WellChild Awards

WellChild is now calling on anyone working with seriously ill children as well as others who come into contact with these children across the UK to consider if they know someone who deserves recognition with a WellChild Award and forward their nominations for the 2019 WellChild Awards. This could be a child or young person who has shown outstanding bravery or a professional who has gone above and beyond their duty.

Last year 17-year-old Evie Toombes from Skegness was picked from 100s of nominations from across the UK to win the Inspirational Young Person Awards category.  She has serious health conditions as a result of having Spina Bifida (Lipomyelomeningocele) and more recently developing Gastroparesis (paralysed stomach). Despite her many health challenges, Evie continues to face life head on, speaking in schools about hidden disabilities such as hers and even competing in Para Showjumping events at a European level.

Her mother Caroline said: “The WellChild Award has given Evie such confidence to realize that she’s doing something worthwhile despite her different path. It was such a great experience for us all to be involved in. The memories help Evie through difficult days as she continues to struggle with her conditions. We know there are some hugely worthy young people who deserve to be nominated for the WellChild Awards.”

Evie and her brother meeting TRH the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

"The memories help Evie through difficult days as she continues to struggle with her conditions."

Caroline Toombes

Guests at the 2018 event included magician Dynamo who also performed during the show, TV personality Katie Piper, Sports presenter Ed Chamberlin, Eastenders actor Scott Maslen and reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh. The Awards, in association with global healthcare company GSK, were hosted by TV presenters Matt Allwright  and Gaby Roslin.

If you know someone who deserves special recognition then nominate them for a WellChild Award by visiting www.wellchild.org.uk/awards  or by contacting the charity on 01242 530007 to request a nomination form. The closing date for entries is May 7th 2019.

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 2019 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 2019.

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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