Inaugural Children of Achievement Awards Strikes the Right Chord

The inaugural Children of Achievement Awards, which took place on Friday evening, welcomed almost 200 business people and individuals from across the Wakefield district. Taking the time out of their busy schedules to celebrate the talents and bravery of nine young people, guests also raised just short of £7,000 for local children’s charities.

As the only event that is dedicated to supporting children, the evening saw nine brave young people share their story, giving them the recognition they deserve while also raising funds that will be used to support two beneficiaries: the Theatre Royal Wakefield and My Burns Club.

Arriving at the glittery ceremony, which took place at Cedar Court in Wakefield, guests were handed champagne on arrival and entertained by a fantastic balloon artist and magician, before taking their seats to enjoy a delicious three-course meal.

The nine winners were announced throughout the proceedings and each took to the stage to collect their awards, guests also watched everyone’s story that had been captured on specially created video footage.

Selection of the winners (left to right): WACCL Chairman, Ian Taylor; Elizabeth Murray, Joe Morris, Georgina Greening, Max Craven, Lucy Peel, John Brook and Sally Simpson.

The winners were: Inspiring Individual Judges Choice, Joe Morris; Community Award, Georgia Greening; Child of Courage when battling illness, Mustansir Asghar; Young Achiever in Arts, Max Craven; Taking personal risks, Jessica Diskin-Fallas; Sports achievement, Francesca Cresswell; Young achievers in academia, John Brook; Enterprise, Lucy Peel and finally, Young carer, Elizabeth Murray.

Performances from the Wakefield Theatre Youth Academy and young vocalist, Maya Fieldhouse from My Burns Club, had the audience captivated before singing sensation, Lizzie Jones took to the stage to bring the formal proceedings to a close.

Chairman of WACCL, hosts of the event, said: “A huge amount of time and effort went into creating an event that we could all be proud of. Not only did we raise almost £7,000 but we welcomed 200 people who made this event the success that it was.

“I would like to thank the winners, who were all so very deserving and gave a small insight into their lives through the videos that we created and shared. Needless to say, there were a few tears. I would also like to extend my thanks to the WACCL committee who all volunteered their time to turn an idea and make it a reality. The ideas and suggestions that they came up with made for a fun-filled evening that simply cannot be compared to anything else that takes place in the region.

“We weren’t sure if we had taken on a challenge too far but thanks to the generosity of people from across the Wakefield district, our guests and sponsors, we are already planning next year’s Children of Achievement event.”

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