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Welcome and thank you for your interest in Child of Britain. I am the founder Blanche Sainsbury, and I’d be grateful if you’d read about our work, the charities we support and the inspirational achievements of children across Britain.

Child of Britain is the only national initiative dedicated to celebrating the achievements and courage of children and young people across the United Kingdom. It culminates in a star-studded ceremony, which is held in a different city every year, at which the children are treated as the stars and their achievements are celebrated.

The event was born out of the success of our sister event the Child of Wales. We worked with many national names on that including Barclays, BMW, Iceland, Bid Food and DWJ Wealth Management. Interest in supporting the event exceeded our expectations and culminated in all the children being invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

We help fundraise for charities who are dedicated to helping young people and children.

We also met and celebrated the achievements of some incredible children along the way. These included an 8-year old who raised more than a quarter of a million pounds for charity.  Also, athletes who, despite having disabilities, have achieved amazing things in the sporting world.  We have been inspired by many stories of courage and bravery in the face of adversity. You can meet some of the winners and hear their stories on the Child of Wales website.

Our experiences with Child of Wales made us realise that people in this country want to get behind initiatives that celebrate the bravery and achievements of children and young people. Plus, there are so many stories out there that deserve telling. We realised that there was interest at a national level in such an event – and Child of Britain was born.

We have already signed up some partners on this, which will help us build awareness, seek nominations and tell the stories of the young people we work with.

We are also in the process of selecting our charity partners for the next 12 months. A big part of what we do will be raising money to help charities that help young people.

Our intention is that the event will embrace the whole of the UK and we plan to host our inaugural event in late 2021. We are watching the situation around COVID-19 closely, so that we can plan ahead next year.

We want to hear the stories of incredible young people right now. So, if you know anyone who deserves recognition, please go to the relevant form on our website and nominate them.

Equally, we are also keen to speak to companies and other organisations interested in partnering with us. Please get in touch. We would love to chat with you.

Thank you again for your interest in Child of Britain. We hope to see you at one of our events very soon.

Blanche Sainsbury, founder, Child of Britain

We have been blessed to work with some incredible individuals and businesses over the years. When launching the Child of … events, starting with Child of Wales in 2019, we could not have imagined just how much support we would get from businesses.

Recently, we looked back at some of the kind things they have said about us. Here are some highlights.

 

“Iceland is delighted to sponsor the Environmental Champion Awards to celebrate the most inspiring young environmentalists in Wales. The growing movement from young people raising awareness of global environmental issues gives me great hope for the future.

“As one of the biggest companies in Wales, we are incredibly proud to recognise the fantastic work being done by the next generation of activists and potential future leaders of our country.”

Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland Foods

 

“We’re proud to be supporting the Courageous Family category at the Child of Wales Awards. As a society, we exist to support and celebrate our local communities, and this special event is testimony to the incredible achievements and bravery of children and young people across Wales.

“We’re also delighted that we share the same charity partner as the Child of Wales Awards – the Teenage Cancer Trust. This fantastic charity is paving the way with research, treatment and care to ensure no young person has to face cancer alone.”

James Harper, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, Principality Building Society

 

“We are delighted to be supporting the Child of Wales Awards. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working with and supporting children across Wales from different backgrounds with different needs.

“When we heard that Bluestone and The Bluestone Foundation were developing an awards evening celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Wales’ children, many of whom have overcome so much to reach their goals, it was the easiest decision to be involved.

“We are lucky enough to have some great Welsh sporting partnerships and are thrilled and privileged to be sponsoring the Young Sporting Hero category. All the best to each and every nominee – they are all truly inspiring.”

Endaf Edwards, general manager, Prices Gate

 

“The first event of its kind, the Child of Wales Awards will recognise inspirational young people throughout Wales with awards in bravery, diversity, fundraising and more.

“The Sytner BMW & MINI team are in awe of the nominees and we hope that these powerful stories will inspire and encourage other young people around the country.

“We represent the BMW & MINI brands with a number of dealerships in Wales, and we always aim to support and contribute to the local community. To be involved in such an event is an honour. We would like to congratulate all of the children nominated and we look forward to attending and sharing this amazing event with them.”

Andy Crossan, Divisional Managing Director, Sytner BMW

 

“When Blanche Sainsbury, founder of the Child of Wales Awards, mentioned the awards to us, we jumped at the opportunity. As a company, we are passionate about giving back to our local community and believe this is a fantastic way to do so.

“We are honoured to be part of a project that shines a light on the tremendously brave children and young people who regularly face hardships and challenges in everyday life.

“We are so excited about being a Headline Sponsor for the awards, and we hope that we can continue to support the event over the upcoming years.”

Nick Sullivan, Head of Free Trade Sales, Bidfood

 

“DWJ Wealth Management have been truly inspired by the Child of Wales Awards.

“These awards are a way for us to give something back and shine a light on children who have done incredible things and shown true bravery! It is important for us to look after the next generation.”

Danni Watts-Jones, Managing Director, DWJ Wealth Management

Here at the Child of Britain Awards, our founder, Blanche Sainsbury, has urged families, friends, and carers to nominate inspirational young people for our brand-new event dedicated to celebrating the inspirational achievements of children across the UK.

Nominations are now open for Child of Britain, the only national initiative dedicated to celebrating the achievements and courage of children and young people across the United Kingdom. It culminates in a star-studded event, which is held in a different city every year, at which the children are treated as the stars and their achievements are celebrated.

The courage and achievements of some 15 children will be recognised at the awards to be held in late 2021. The categories focus on diversity, bravery and sporting achievements, and will recognise children who help others through championing causes, caring and fundraising.

Full details of all the categories and how to enter can be found here: www.childofbritain.com

The event was born out of the success of our sister event the Child of Wales, which works with many national brands. Interest in supporting the event exceeded expectations and culminated in all the children being invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.

Blanche Sainsbury, our founder, said:

“Our experiences with Child of Wales made us realise that people in this country want to get behind initiatives that celebrate the bravery and achievements of children and young people. Plus, there are so many stories out there that deserve telling. We realised there was interest at a national level in such an event – and Child of Britain was born.

“So, we are now seeking nominations immediately. We want to hear about incredible young people worthy of recognition for their courage and perseverance.

“We have already signed up some incredible partners who will not just help fund the event but also build awareness, secure nominations and tell the stories of the amazing young people.

“We are also in the process of selecting our charity partners for the next 12 months. A big part of what we do will be raising money to help charities that help young people.

“Our intention is that the event will embrace the whole of the UK. We plan to do our inaugural event late in 2021. We are watching the situation around COVID-19 closely so we can plan ahead with certainty next year.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the awards, reserving a table or donating an auction prize, please contact Blanche at: blanche@childofbritain.com


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