Our Amazing Children

Our Amazing Children

by Sara Whatley

Returning for its 8th annual awards ceremony, The More Radio, Child of Sussex Awards is again celebrating the amazing achievements of children in Sussex. Sara Whatley tells us more.

What is our county’s most important asset? Our children, of course! Celebrating this in a glitzy black tie awards ceremony at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on 12th October 2018, The More Radio, Child of Sussex Awards is an event not to be missed. Children are our future, after all, so let’s celebrate them!

This is a really special event and is always an emotional and uplifting celebration of the brilliant children we have in Sussex. Nick Osborne, More Radio breakfast presenter says, “This is the eighth year that we have held the awards, they are full of amazing and inspirational stories. Please help us to find this year’s winners by making a nomination today.”

And it couldn’t be easier to do just that. If you think you have an amazing child, or know of a child who deserves to be recognised for something amazing they have done, all you have to do is visit www.childofsussex.co.uk and nominate them. The closing date for nominations is Friday 3rd August 2018.

Kieran Davenport won the Courage Award in 2017. In chronic pain all day and all night, Kieran’s joints dislocate or sublux all the time, with his record being 70 dislocations in 24 hours. At one point he was in such pain that showering took three days to recover from. However, Kieran didn’t let this hold him back. He persevered and worked his way through it, managing against all odds to gain two A grades and a C in his GCSE’s, keeping his incredible sense of humour and fun and even managing to be kind, caring and supportive to all his friends, some of whom are severely disabled. Kieran was attending 6th Form College, but due to his health problems he is now doing his A levels online.

Another winner from the 2017 awards was Jessica Batchelor for the Community Award. Jessica witnessed the death of a friend’s mother at a netball match, who could potentially have been helped by a defibrillator. Since then Jessica has ceaselessly been campaigning for more public access defibrillators. As the Young Mayor for Seaford, Jessica was in a position to give speeches and approach local businesses to help raise money. She also used the UK Youth Parliament to spread the message to places further afield, as she felt the cause was too important to just be kept local. The final piece of Jessica’s campaign fell into place following work experience with her local MP where Jessica wrote her own Bill – to get legislation that defibrillators have to be in schools, sports centres and other public places – which was accepted with no opposition in Parliament.

These are just two out of the hundreds of incredible achievements made by the children of Sussex every year. The 2018 event looks set to be equally as wonderful, all that’s needed is your nominations. Sussex Living is proudly supporting the awards as a media partner, and we wish all the entries the best of luck.