For those achiev­ing against the odds

There’s still time to nom­i­nate a young­ster with true grit for a Wards Chil­dren’s Award. This an­nual show­piece pays trib­ute to coura­geous chil­dren plus their fam­i­lies and the char­i­ties that sup­port them.

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

No child should have to ex­pe­ri­ence ill­ness or dis­abil­ity.

And no young­ster should be liv­ing a life pep­pered with hos­pi­tal ap­point­ments, op­er­a­tions, phys­io­ther­apy or other med­i­cal treat­ment.

But ev­ery year in Kent there are young­sters at­tempt­ing to get on with the day-to-day whilst fac­ing th­ese bat­tles and strug­gles – and we want to know about ev­ery sin­gle one of them.

The Ward & Part­ners Chil­dren’s Awards, sup­ported by the KM Group and Kent Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, cel­e­brates th­ese li­on­hearted chil­dren each year.

Among the seven cat­e­gories in this year’s awards scheme is one called Tri­umph Over Ad­ver­sity, which cel­e­brates chil­dren with se­vere dis­abil­i­ties and ill­nesses who are work­ing to over­come them.

This cat­e­gory is open to ev­ery­one – ba­bies through to teenagers up to the age of 16 – and we are re­ly­ing on you as our readers to nom­i­nate some­one.

There are three age cat­e­gories, un­der fives, ages six to 11 and ages 12 to 16 to en­able us to recog­nise and cel­e­brate as many chil­dren as pos­si­ble.

Th­ese chil­dren could be your friends, rel­a­tives, in your school, sports club or live in your street.

But if they are achiev­ing de­spite all the odds then they are de­serv­ing of a nom­i­na­tion.

And that could not be more easy.

Sim­ply fill out the form on this page and send it off or en­ter some­one on­line at www. ken­ton­line.co.uk/life­style/ com­pe­ti­tions/ward-awards

Nom­i­nated fam­i­lies will be in­vited to a gala lunch event in Oc­to­ber at a top Kent ho­tel, where en­ter­tain­ment, fun and games along­side the award cer­e­mony, will pro­vide some wel­come re­spite and happy mem­o­ries for them and their fam­i­lies.

Later this year, Sky TV pre­sen­ter Charlotte Hawkins, cen­tre in red, will once again be host­ing an­nual award cer­e­mony

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