Mov­ing tales of brave chil­dren

NEW AWARDS: A chance to give praise where praise is due

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - REMEMBER WHEN? -

ABOUT 5,000 chil­dren in Kent have to cope with life de­spite se­ri­ous men­tal or phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties. Over the last four years the Ward and Part­ners Chil­dren’s Award scheme has pro­vided cash and gifts to help bring a lit­tle joy into the lives of scores of such coura­geous young­sters. Now two new cat­e­gories have been in­tro­duced in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the hard work and de­vo­tion of those who work tire­lessly to help un­for­tu­nate chil­dren. The Coura­geous Fam­ily Award hon­ours fam­i­lies who have over­come or are cop­ing with se­vere dis­abil­ity or ill­ness in the fam­ily. The ded­i­ca­tion of those char­i­ta­ble and vol­un­tary groups who help such chil­dren to face their many chal­lenges is recog­nised by the Out­stand­ing Chil­dren’s Char­i­ta­ble Or­gan­i­sa­tion award. Other cat­e­gories con­tinue to hon­our chil­dren who over­come ad­ver­sity and to recog­nise those who en­joy sport, mu­sic or vis­ual and per­form­ing arts de­spite their dis­abil­ity. The Ex­cep­tional Carer Award hon­ours young­sters aged up to 16 who self­lessly sup­port those who need con­stant help. David Lench, Ward and Part­ners’ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, said: “Our Chil­dren’s Awards have be­come a big event in the Ward and Part­ners’ cal­en­dar, where we in­vite all se­nior man­agers to hon­our our very spe­cial guests by host­ing an award lunch en­tirely ded­i­cated to prais­ing th­ese spe­cial chil­dren, their car­ers and fam­i­lies. “We never cease to be amazed at the truly mov­ing sto­ries of each of our award win­ners and how they cope with ev­ery­day life and over­come their ad­ver­si­ties. “The award day is an emo­tion­ally charged event and any­one at­tend­ing can’t fail to be moved by our spe­cial win­ners. It is a priv­i­lege to meet our win­ners and cel­e­brate their achieve­ments.” In re­cent years Ward and Part­ners, which has 47 of­fices across Kent and East Sus­sex, has pumped more than £700,000 into a char­i­ta­ble trust to help chil­dren in need.

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David Lench of Ward and Part­ners

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