WellChild Patron Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, joins the call for 2023 WellChild Awards nominations

WellChild Patron Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, has joined national children’s charity, WellChild, in the call for nominations for the 2023 WellChild Awards, in association with GSK.

By Charlotte Edwards · February 7, 2023

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.

Prince Harry has today shared a video message calling for everyone to spread the word that nominations for the Awards are now open and to nominate someone you know today.

Prince Harry said: “For the past 15 years that I’ve been Patron, I’ve been immensely grateful for the work that WellChild does and moved by the stories I hear and the people I meet.

He added, “Right now, you can play a role in highlighting someone in your life who inspires you. By nominating someone for a WellChild Award, you have the opportunity to introduce someone special to the WellChild Family.

“Each year, I so look forward to meeting with the Award Winners, and spreading awareness about this incredible charity. I hope this year you’ll join me and get involved.”

It is easy to nominate someone for a WellChild Award. Just visit our website at

The closing date for entries is Monday March 20th.

WellChild Chief Executive, Matt James said: “There are more children and young people than ever before in the UK living with long-term, serious health needs.

The WellChild Awards 2023 will be a unique opportunity to recognise and highlight the immense challenges they continue to face and celebrate the remarkable positivity, resilience and spirit they have demonstrated.

WellChild Chief Executive, Matt James

It will also help us to shine a light on the dedication of those around them, from siblings and professionals who have gone above and beyond to help them through such challenging times.”

Last year’s event saw children, young people, doctors, nurses and other professionals who work with seriously ill children attend a star-studded Awards event at the Hurlingham Club in London where they had the chance to chat with many of the celebrity guests and WellChild supporters.

Guests at the 2022 Awards, in association with global healthcare company GSK, included Leigh-Anne Pinnock from Little Mix, Frankie Bridge from the Saturdays, TV presenters Dick and Dom, Gaby Roslin who presented the event and many more.

The WellChild Awards is a unique opportunity to honour the spirit of children and young people in the UK living with serious health needs, and the dedication of those that care for them.

Entries for the 2023 Awards will be judged by an expert panel including former winners and child health professionals. Awards will be handed out at this year’s glamorous event in London in 2023.

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 and defied the odds despite living with a long-term serious health condition.
  • Caring Child or Young Person – A child or young person between the ages of six and eighteen who devotes much of their time and energy freely and lovingly to help and care for a friend or sibling who is living with a serious health condition.
  • Nurse – A children’s nurse who goes the extra mile for children and young people with serious health needs.
  • 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 living with serious health needs.
  • Inspirational Parent Carer A parent carer who has gone above and beyond the care they provide for their child(ren) living with serious health needs and/or has contributed to improving support for families, or awareness of the challenges they face.