The 36th Presentation of Children of Courage Awards
Wednesday, 9th December 2009
Eight children recognised for performing acts of extraordinary heroism, enduring pain, suffering and disability, or devoting their young lives to caring for a family in need were honoured in a ceremony and carol service at Westminster Abbey on Wednesday 9th December.
The service was conducted by The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, and prayers were said by The Reverend Michael Macey, Minor Canon. The Choir of Westminster Abbey, under the direction of James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers, sang carols. The organ was played by Robert Quinney, Sub-Organist.
The Woman’s Own Children of Courage awards, now in their 36th year, have honoured over 300 exceptional children since their launch in 1973. This is one of the longest-running award ceremonies dedicated specifically to recognising the achievements of children.
During the ceremony Mr Peter Andre presented awards to McAyla Johnston for Sheer Courage, Jacobi Caudwell for Bravery, Tom Fryers for Achievement, Lyndon Longhorne for Inspiration. Valerie Okoampah was recognised as Local Hero, Hemi Poulton as Young Fundraiser, Cameron and Mollie Millard as Young Carers and Jordan Powell as Unsung Hero.
The winners received their awards in front of a star-studded congregation at the Abbey including Anthony Andrews who read the citations, Arlene Phillips who read The Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-16) and The Soldiers, Sgt Major Gary Chilton, Sgt Richie Maddocks and L/Coporal Ryan Idzi sang Do I Make You Proud?