THE chair of the National Children of Wales Awards has urged more families, friends and carers to nominate inspirational young people for the event, which will take place at the Celtic Manor on April 3, 2020.
The courage and achievements of some 15 children will be recognised at the awards. The categories focus on diversity, bravery, 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 at the website: www.nationalchildrenofwalesawards.org
Nominations will close on December 31, 2019, when the judging process will begin. A mixture of representatives from charities, event sponsors and celebrities will select a shortlist of three per category. All shortlisted children will enjoy a free stay in the Bluestone Resort. The winner of each category will also be invited to the event at the Celtic Manor to collect their award.
The National Children of Wales Awards was founded and launched by Blanche Sainsbury, chair of Bluestone National Park Resort and the Bluestone Foundation, the company’s charitable foundation.
The organisers aim to raise £100,000 at the event, which will be distributed to charities in Wales dedicated to helping children. The Teenage Cancer Trust, Dreams & Wishes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) will all benefit from the event, as will the Bluestone Foundation.
The Bluestone Foundation works with many local charities in Pembrokeshire, while the Bluestone National Park Resort has, for many years, aided charities including Dreams & Wishes, which helps seriously ill children enjoy precious holiday time with their families.
The prestigious event will feature male voice choir Only Men Aloud, the winners of BBC talent show Last Choir Standing; Angelica Celtis, a choir of Welsh schoolgirls who reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2017; and the event will also feature performances from Motionhouse, a world-class dance-circus production company.
Blanche Sainsbury, chair of the Bluestone National Park Resort and founder of the National Children of Wales Awards, said:
“We are delighted to have received some fantastic nominations so far – stories about children that are inspirational and uplifting despite the adversity that some of them have faced. But we want to hear more such stories. For us, this is about creating a legacy for many years to come and shining a light on some of the amazing children of Wales.”