Introducing The Welsh Golden Honours, coming 2023

When the Child of Wales Awards was launched over 3 years ago, we never imagined just how popular it would be with the public, schools, charities and business supporters.

Since then, we have expanded to the Child of Britain Awards, which was held in June at Grosvenor House in London and was another remarkable evening.

As we continue to celebrate those young heroes in our communities, we were delighted to have been asked to broaden our honours list even further and launch The Welsh Golden Honours.

Our nations’ golden community are truly remarkable, achieve great things and inspire the next generation to succeed. The Welsh Golden Honours is an opportunity to recognise and reward the very special members of our public who are over 65 and are achieving extraordinary feats of bravery, sporting contributions, and services to the arts and communities across Wales.

We will honour our national treasures, those whom touch people’s lives every day and are shining examples of growing older and making a huge contribution to everyday life.

We have been inspired by the incredible stories of national treasures such as Captain Sir Tom Moore, who not only achieved his exercise achievements for his health, but also raised an astounding £38million for NHS Charities Together cause.

93-year-old Eddie Naisby, from Vale of Clwyd, was Wales’ oldest competitive runner. His passion and determination was unbelievable, and he competed in 100s of endurance races, collecting many trophies over the last 40 years. He was a proud member of the Prestatyn Running Club and would be out running 10km 3 times a week until he retired two years ago.

Long serving volunteer Morfa Owen, 79, has been selflessly supporting patience in Morriston Hospital in Swansea for over 20 years. Originally volunteering for WRVS, she now helps 3 days a week on the hospital front desk – guiding and helping patients with a wide range of queries.

These are some of the amazing individuals that epitomise the Welsh Golden Honours and we know that there are so many stories just like these to be told. We will do just that.

The awards will cover the width and breadth of Wales and we are thrilled to say that they will be taking place in 2023

Our winners will be joined by a host of Welsh celebrities and businesses, who will be on hand to help honour these remarkable people.

This is your opportunity to get involved in this exceptional celebration, so if you would like to help us to shine a light on our golden heroes then please contact us today to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.  Ashleigh Kerr [email protected] or 07581227416.

The inaugural Child of Britain Awards took place on Friday 24th June 2022, and was an incredible night of celebration for all involved. The evening shone a light on 14 amazing children and young people from all across Britain as well as showcasing fantastic entertainment from The Child of Britain Choir and Calum Scott with his tour band.

The awards will return in 2023 , and we are delighted to have support from many media partners, and sponsors.

As preparations get underway for the next installment, we are excited to unveil our first ambassador for the awards – Davin Sheikholeslami.

Davin, aged 17, was the recipient of the Bravery Award earlier in the year. Davin has overcome the traumatic armed burglary in his home, to become an amazingly driven young man. His passion to help us push the awards further and to help honour children and young people from across Britain makes him the perfect ambassador.

Of his involvement, Awards Founder Blanche Sainsbury said “It is fantastic to have Davin on board as an ambassador for the Child of Britain Awards. He is an inspiration to us all and we know that he will be a great role model for other young people who are nominated.”

Davin said “I first found out about the Child of Britain Awards when I was nominated by my parents for the Bravery Award, from that moment on it changed my life. I went on to win and this allowed me to view a very traumatic event with a new, positive perspective.

The night of the awards was extremely inspiring from start to finish – the choir, the auction, and most importantly the other winners, truly made for an unforgettable night.

I knew I had to get involved in any way I could. Not only because the event is full of joy and music, but because it shines a light on absolutely extraordinary children – bringing some positivity that the world could certainly use.

As an ambassador for the awards, I plan to raise awareness of the awards, specifically in Yorkshire, but also as wide as I can. In addition, I can’t wait to help with the planning and execution of the night so the next award winners can also experience an undeniably amazing night. ”

Sponsorship for the awards is now open, with great options available to showcase your support and network with like minded individuals. Contact us today to find out how you can be involved – Ashleigh Kerr on [email protected].

The Inaugural Child of Britain Awards took place only a few weeks ago, on Friday 24th June 2022 at JW Marriott Grosvenor House. The 2022 winners were crowned in a glittering ceremony hosted by Eamonn Holmes OBE with performances from The Child of Britain Choir and Calum Scott with his tour band.

The night also raised £31,400 for Cash for Kids through a silent auction, live auction and a raffle. Cash for Kids is a grant giving charity that helps underprivileged children from across the UK, in 2021 they raised £21.4 million, supporting 548,102 children.

The Child of Britain official gallery is now available to view on the website, or all pictures can be found on our Flickr page.

Founder of the awards, Blanche Sainsbury, said “We are delighted with the success of the inaugural awards. The night was a truly magical evening for our winners and our guests. We are thrilled to have raise £31,400 for Cash For Kids, despite cancellations due to rail strikes, this has added to our fundraising amount for 2022 – which now totals £87,727. The awards were incepted to shine a light on the incredible achievements of children and young people from across the UK and the awards evening did just that. We are so grateful for all of the support from sponsors, guests and celebrities and we can’t wait for 2023.”

Preparations for the 2023 awards are already underway and sponsorship options are open, with nominations opening in late summer/early autumn. If you are interested in being part of something special and sponsoring the awards, please contact Stephanie Lake on [email protected].

The Child of Britain Awards are fast approaching, and with less than three months to go until the night, preparations are in full swing. The awards are taking place on Friday 24th June at the prestigious JW Marriott Grosvenor House on Park Lane and will be a star-studded event with some very special guests in attendance – none more important than our winners.

Winners have been contacted, videos are in production, entertainment is being briefed and production is being finalised, the team are pushing full steam ahead to deliver a memorable occasion for all involved.

A very special night needs a very special host, and today we are excited to unveil that the host of the first Child of Britain Awards will be legendary TV presenter, Eamonn Holmes OBE.

Eamonn is the longest serving breakfast Television Anchor in the world, having presented GMTV, This Morning, Sunrise with Eamonn Holmes on Sky News and now the weekday  breakfast programme on GB News. Being a devoted father of 4, and now a dedicated grandfather, he will be the perfect host to help tell and share our winners’ stories.

Of his involvement, Eamonn said:

“The World is a scary place at the moment and must be more so for children.  These awards are in praise of all those fine young people who will one day grow up to be fine young adults.  They have so many stories to tell and we intend to tell them through these awards.”

Child of Britain Founder, Blanche Sainsbury said:

“It is an honour to be able to work with Eamonn on the Child of Britain Awards in June. We have seen him on our screens for so many years and we know how dedicated he is to his work and his family, so we knew it would be the perfect fit for the night. We are so excited to have him join us for the event.”

The awards are all about recognising amazing achievements of incredible children and young people across Britain, as well as donating vital funds to a charity that supports them, Cash for Kids. We’ll be making more announcements on the awards in coming days and weeks and there is still some time to be part of this very special night.

There are several ways that you can be involved – sponsoring, purchasing tickets or a table, or by donating a prize to our auction. To be a part of the Child of Britain Awards, please contact Ashleigh Kerr on [email protected].

With just over 10 weeks until the awards take place, the team are working tirelessly behind the scenes to prepare for the main event on Friday 24th June at Grosvenor House. We are excited to announce that International performing artist, Calum Scott – along with his band, will be performing on the night.

Calum shot to worldwide attention when he appeared as a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent in 2015, since then he’s gone on be a super star and is currently touring the US. His debut album ‘Only Human’, hit number one on iTunes in over 20 countries and reached over one million in album sales.

He released his version of Robyn’s hit “Dancing On My Own” as a single in 2016, which reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart.

His hit single “You Are The Reason” is certified Platinum and has over 1 billion streams worldwide. Billboard said “Scott’s stunning pure voice is affecting enough in itself, but his lyrics on every one of the (album’s) tracks are vulnerable and raw”.

Following the release of “Where are You Now” with Lost Frequencies, that continues to dominate the UK top 4 and airwaves around the world with over 400 million streams to date, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Calum has announced his biggest headline European and UK tour starting in October.

Blanche Sainsbury Founder of The Child of Wales Awards said “We are absolutely thrilled Calum and his band will be performing at the Awards at Grosvenor House on June 24th. He is an incredible talent and being able to watch him and his band performing will make the night even more special for our winners, their families and our guests. Calum is a huge supporter of our chosen charity Cash for Kids”

We’ll hear from Calum on his Involvement shortly, so please stay tuned for updates.

The inaugural Child of Britain Awards will take place on Friday evening at JW Marriott Grosvenor House, after months of preparations. The awards will recognise incredible courage, great skill and above all great determination displayed by our nations young people.

Headline sponsors of the awards, I SAW IT FIRST, have thrown themselves into supporting the awards by dressing celebrities that are in attendance. This includes dancer, model and influencer, Abbie Quinnen and Coronation Street star who plays Max Turner, Paddy Bever.

Not only this, they have also treated each winner to a £50 gift card to spend on their website, allowing each of our young stars to have a treat of their own.

Of their gesture, Marketing Director at ISAWITFIRST, Annie Kacperek said “We are so excited to be sponsoring the Child of Britain Awards. We are really proud to be part of such an incredible event that will help and support future generations. The stories of the winners really inspired the whole team at I Saw It First and we can’t wait to hear them in person and celebrate such inspirational kids at the event.”

Blanche Sainsbury, founder of the awards said “we are looking forward to seeing The Child of Britain winners wearing ISAWITFIRST. Thank you to the team at isawitfirst for their generosity , we can’t wait to see our winners with their families on the red carpet.

There are less than two weeks to go until the awards take place and our winners are crowned at a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House. Final preparations are in full swing to ensure a wonderful evening for all involved. We are delighted to unveil Welsh slate homeware designer, Valley Mill, as our trophy supplier and sponsors of the Young fundraiser award.

Each of our winners will be presented with a handmade and beautifully crafted Welsh slate trophy, that was specifically designed for the awards. Valley Mill have been manufacturing and supplying 100% Welsh made products for well over a decade. They pride themselves on bringing only authentic, handmade Welsh and British products to the UK high-street and online market.

Having supplied products to some of the most demanding and influential customers in the world, such as Red Bull, NATO, NFU Mutual, Bafta Cymru, RBS, The Welsh FA and even Her Majesty the Queen, Valley Mill has the confidence and drive to keep putting Wales on the map.

Of their involvement, Founder Kevin Thomas said “As a father I know how incredible and inspirational children are.  These awards are so important to be able to celebrate their achievements and to give children the recognition they truly deserve. We are honoured to be a small part of recognising their bravery, their achievements and their hard work.”

Blanche Sainsbury, founder of the awards, saidValley Mill produced the fantastic trophies for the Child of Wales Awards back in March, and we are delighted they are continuing to help us honour incredible children and young people for the Britain Awards.”

For any enquiries regarding the upcoming Child of Britain Awards, or future awards, please contact Ashleigh Kerr on [email protected]

There are just three and a half weeks until the winners of the Child of Britain Awards are crowned in a glittering ceremony at JW Marriott Grosvenor House. Final preparations are underway for the star-studded event taking place on 24th June and today we are thrilled to unveil high quality kitchen manufacturer, DIY Kitchens, as sponsors of the Bravery Award.

DIY Kitchens are a family run business and have been manufacturing high specification British kitchens since 1982. Their history lies in supplying premium high street retailers throughout the UK but now through DIY Kitchens, they offer customers the same high specification kitchens, at unbelievable prices online.

Claire Ellis, Director and Co-Founder said “We are extremely proud to sponsor the Child of Britain awards, and in particular the Bravery Category. The incredible courage shown by children and young people is awe inspiring and we are so pleased that we are able to help shine a light on some of these amazing individuals.”

Blanche Sainsbury, Founder of the Awards said “We are delighted to have DIY Kitchens on board to support our awards and honour our winners. We couldn’t do this without the support of our sponsors, We’re so looking forward to the awards in a few weeks time and meeting Claire and the team. “

As the awards edge ever closer and final preparations are being made, we are so pleased to announce our final award sponsors. We’re delighted to announce FirstLookTV as sponsors of the Exceptional Young Carer Award, as well as our Video Production partners.

FirstLookTV are an award-winning, international television production company that creates powerful content about real-life stories, real people, tragedies and triumphs, teras and laughter. Their gripping shows can be seen on Netflix, Sky, Channel 5, Amazon Prime and the BBC.

“We are extremely honoured to be sponsoring the ‘Exceptional Young Carers Award’ Child of Britain Awards” said Gillian Carter, Co-Founder FirstLookTV. “For these young people to demonstrate such commitment empathy and dedication is astounding and we are excited to be part of an event that throws the spotlight on them and celebrates their amazing achievements. FirstLookTV congratulates all of the nominees, finalists and winners. It is wonderful to be able to be part of such a positive movement recognising all that is good in young people.”

Awards Founder, Blanche Sainsbury said “When we saw how FirstLookTV brought stories to life, we knew that they would be the perfect partners to portray our winners’ stories. We are so pleased that they are sponsoring the Exceptional Young Carer Award”

We’re delighted to announce Elonex Outdoor Media as sponsors of the Special Recognition Award. This award was added to our honours list to ensure we are able to pay tribute to a very brave young boy. His bravery could not go unnoticed and we at The Child of Britain Awards, along with Elonex Outdoor Media want to express how proud we are.

CEO of Elonex, Nick Smith, said “After seeing the stories and achievements of incredible young people at the Child of Wales Awards, we knew we wanted to get on board for the inaugural Child of Britain Awards. Children and young people are capable of such amazing feats, and it is an honour to be able to help showcase them at the awards in June.

“We are proud to be able to honour a very special individual by sponsoring the Special Recognition Award”

Blanche Sainsbury, Awards Founder, said “We are delighted to be working with Elonex again, their products help us share our winners’ stories in a way that literally lights up the room” 

Elonex Outdoor Media are digital out of home advertising specialists with a long and successful history of developing and advancing new technology. They are committed to building brands and maximising brand engagement through high impact visual displays. Their digital out of home network makes it easy for brands to target and engage audiences across many different environments. They also deliver leading LED architecture to venues and events across the country, of which you will see on our stage on the night.

There are only a few more options available for sponsorship at the awards. To be a part of something special, please contact Ashleigh Kerr on [email protected] and you can help to honour some amazing children and young people from across Britain.


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