Chance to choose de­serv­ing win­ners

Don’t miss your chance to nom­i­nate a de­serv­ing young­ster to join our hall of fame in the Ward Chil­dren’s Awards

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Children’s Awards 2016 -

From coura­geous chil­dren, young fundrais­ers at­tempt­ing to swim the English Chan­nel and a drama club sup­port­ing those with com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties, the win­ners of last year’s Chil­dren’s Awards were an in­spir­ing and var­ied bunch.

The aim of the event is to find spe­cial peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions de­serv­ing county-wide recog­ni­tion, and last year’s pre­sen­ta­tion event was no dif­fer­ent.

In 2015 there was recog­ni­tion for young carer Jake Kin­n­ear, who sup­ports his mum and family around the house with house­work, jobs and help­ing to get his brother up and ready for school.

There was also praise for young­ster Tan­isha Jones, who cre­ated sport-re­lated sign lan­guage for her tram­po­line coaches to sup­port her love of the sport, which she was un­able to take part in be­cause she could not wear her hear­ing aid while par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Teenager Camille An­der­son from Can­ter­bury re­ceived the young fundrais­ers award, hav­ing raised thou­sands of pounds for Kent Young Car­ers – her ef­forts in­volved two at­tempts to swim the English Chan­nel. TV news­reader Char­lotte Hawkins and Arun Estates let­tings di­rec­tor Ja­son Bun­ning present the award to Jake Kin­n­ear

The Square Pegs Drama Club, es­tab­lished in Maid­stone, topped the out­stand­ing char­ity cat­e­gory, for its work with young peo­ple up to the age of 25 who ex­pe­ri­ence com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

Pic­ture: Tony Flash­man FM4022133

Young fundraiser Camille An­der­son

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