In my last Blog I mentioned how privileged, and indeed excited I was to be able attend the ninth St. James’s Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards alongside our Group Editor Gill Laidler. Our guests for the evening were the beautiful and talented actress, presenter and writer Natalie Anderson and her husband plus it was a lovely surprise to discover on the night that a friend of old Kate Hardcastle MBE and her family were also seated at the same table for the glittering and star-studded ceremony at New Dock Hall in Leeds.
This years awards were presented by the charismatic and kind-hearted Christine Talbot of ITV”s Calendar, with the fantastic support of the enigmatic Jon Hammond as compère. With personalities from the worlds of entertainment, business and sport in Yorkshire and an impressive line-up of sponsors and supporters, I personally think that this is one of the very best awards events in Yorkshire, especially as it is in tribute to some of the regions most courageous, talented and inspiring children and young people.
In our next edition there will be a detailed feature on the event and I don’t want to “tell all” however I do have to mention that a posthumous award for outstanding bravery was awarded to a teenager who sadly lost her fight for life due to a brain tumour shortly before the event. Her family accepted the award in her memory and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house, it was such an emotional moment and conducted in a very dignified and compassionate manner.
I understand that next years event promises to exceed all expectations and in my official capacity as “Friend of the Awards” I look forward to making a contribution to this alongside the magnificent support that the magazine offers as an official media partner.
It’s “that time of year” now for both Gill and I, with a diary full of events to look forward to including a fundraising ball for our charity partners The Prince of Wales Hospice to celebrate 30 amazing years plus numerous awards ceremonies including The Community Foundation for Calderdale and Forward Ladies events and Business lunches and dinners across our great county. We really do look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones along the way!
We may appear to be “social butterflies” however please be assured that there’s plenty of hard work put in not just by ourselves, but also by the team (albeit an incredibly small one) behind the scenes. We all strive to ensure that TopicUK continues to give “a voice” to the business community in Yorkshire, a solid and trusted platform to work from and the recognition and awareness it deserves not only in high quality print and online but very soon, in a digital offering too!