Inspirational children praised at Ward's Children's Awards
Anna Broad, winner of
Brave and Inspiring Children between 6-11 years old, presented by
Vikki Read, winner of the courageous family award in 2008
Inspirational youngsters were guests of honour at an emotional
ceremony where they were praised for their courage and
Eleven children from across Kent were crowned winners of the
10th annual Ward and Partners Children’s Awards, which are
supported by the KM Group and Kent Community Foundation.
The KM Group appealed through its titles for readers to nominate
the county’s bravest children, most dedicated fundraisers,
exceptional carers and most courageous families.
Their stories captured the judges’ hearts and brought tears to
the eyes of friends and family who were in the audience at the
Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel last Friday.
The brave and inspiring category was the first award to be
announced, which was split into three ages groups.
Prizes were awarded to Milly Johnson, aged five, from Twydall,
Gillingham, and three-year-old Blue Tobin, of Kennington, Ashford,
who were in the youngest division.
Winners of the group for six to 11 year olds were Miles Rogers,
now 12, from Minster, Isle of Sheppey, Anna Broad, 10, from Ditton,
and seven-year-old Maisy Keetch, who was nominated by loved ones in
Sheerness. Cameron Edmonds from Gravesend, 12, topped the list for
The young fundraiser of the year award was presented to
12-year-old Ella Eastwood from Whitstable.
recognised at annual awards
Sporty nominees Nicholas Smelt, 16, from Ashford, and
11-year-old Max Smillie, from Sheerness, won the going for gold
category in recognition of their determination to compete in
physical activities despite their disabilities.
Chad Russell from Sittingbourne was named exceptional carer of
the year and the courageous family title was awarded to the Dyers
Cerebral Palsy Care won the title for outstanding charity.
Certificates and gifts were presented by Sky News presenter
Charlotte Hawkins. It is the sixth year she has hosted the
tearjerking ceremony, and she told the nominees and winners: “You
are my inspiration and it has been truly humbling to hear all of
David Lench, managing director of Wards and Partner, said: “We
received over 100 nominations, and this made it especially
difficult this year for the judging panel. A lot of discussion took
place for us to come up with today’s winners and without any doubt
at all, they are incredibly well deserving of their awards.”
Guests at the animal-themed event were treated to a two-course
meal and were kept entertained with a magician, who kept the
children, and adults, guessing with his clever card tricks and
There was also a performance by Bloco Fogo, a samba band from
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