The 35th Presentation of Children of Courage Awards
Wednesday, 10th December 2008
Prince Harry and many stars of film and stage recognised the achievements of some of the bravest children in the country at the 35th Woman’s Own Children of Courage Awards which took place at the Abbey on Wednesday 10th December.
The ceremony and carol service honoured ten winners who have performed acts of extraordinary heroism, endured pain, suffering and disability, or devoted their young lives to caring for a family in need.
Rupert Parsons from Taunton received the Award for Sheer Courage, Courtney Taylor from Gloucestershire for Bravery, Edward Common from Northumberland for Achievement, Evie Edwards from Suffolk for Inspiration. Tara Ifill from South London was recognised as a Local Hero, Keaten Peppiatt from East Sussex as Young Fundraiser, William John from Wales as Young Carer and Lucy, Charlotte and Bonnie Long from Kent as Unsung Heroes.
The winners received their awards in front of a star-studded congregation at the Abbey including Anthony Andrews who read the citations, Catherine Tate who read The Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-16) and Rhydian Roberts who sang O Holy Night.
Over 300 exceptional children have been honoured since it's launch in 1973 and it is one of the longest-running award ceremonies dedicated specifically to recognising the achievements of children.