Moving tales of brave children
NEW AWARDS: A chance to give praise where praise is due
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.
The Kent Messenger supports the awards by helping to find worthy entries. Fill in the nomination form on this page or go to www.kentonline.co.uk
David Lench of Ward and Partners