Prince Harry joined a host of celebrities to recognise
the courage of children coping with serious illness or complex
conditions at the fifth annual WellChild Awards last night.
Also honoured at the prestigious, ceremony run by WellChild
– the national charity for sick children - are dedicated
doctors, nurses, teachers, brothers and sisters who have
gone the extra mile to make a difference to the lives of
With hundreds of nominations received from across the country,
the difficult job of choosing winners is given, each year,
to a panel of judges.
That panel consisted of members of parliament, leading
health professionals and others with an interest in children’s
health, such as Joanne Bannatyne – mother of two and
wife of WellChild Patron, and benefactor, Duncan Bannatyne
who has also attended the past two Awards ceremonies.
WellChild’s Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge,
is also a member of that panel. She explained: “This
year we have received hundreds of incredible nominations
with amazing stories of bravery and moving accounts of care
This year’s winners in the Bravest Children categories
• Alex Burke (aged six) from Manchester who doesn’t
dwell on the speech and learning problems caused by having
a condition where tumours grow on nerves in his body, but
remains cheerful and is always thinking of other people.
• Aimee Humphries from Bristol who was an inspiration
to everyone showing amazing willpower through the challenges
and setbacks of her tough treatment regime in battling against
a rare genetic condition, Nieman Pick Type C, and unrelated
liver cancer. Aimee died in September 2009 aged five.
• Kelsey Trevett (aged seven) from Watford who has
an amazingly positive attitude and determination to get
on with life as normal, despite losing the sight in both
his eyes following repeat cases of cancer of the eye.
• Alexandra Emery from Coventry who bravely dealt
with a degenerative neurological condition - constantly
smiling, never complaining and determined to engage with
life as fully as possible. Sadly Alexandra passed away in
July 2009 aged eight, only weeks after learning about her
• Keir Mills-Watt (aged nine) from Stirlingshire,
whose positive and cheery outlook makes him a constant source
of inspiration to everyone who meets him and helps him face
the pain and many challenges caused by Cerebral Palsy and
• Jessica Redfearn (aged 11) from Ashford, Kent who
fought back when a stroke at the age of nine left her unable
to walk or talk and now works hard raising awareness about
strokes in children.
• Lyndon Longhorne (aged 13) from County Durham,
a true fighter, who doesn’t let anything get in the
way of his ‘can-do’ attitude – not even
the fact that doctors had to amputate part of both his legs
and hands to save him from a near fatal bout of meningococcal
septicaemia as a baby.
• Shelbi Grist (aged 15) from Portsmouth who has
had many complex medical problems since birth but always
puts other first and strives towards her dream representing
her country in wheelchair basketball.
• Brett Glover (aged 18) from Cheshire, who despite
living with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, uses his great
sense of humour to support his family and to help other
young people face painful medical procedures with the same
courage and spirit as he has.
• Christian Smalley (aged 19) from Northamptonshire,
who bounces back again and again from serious illness as
a result of having Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy, always
smiling and looking out for others.
Two other young people, Lucy Tutton (aged eight) from Bristol
and Ashley Oldham (aged 15) from Manchester, will also receive
awards for being outstanding carers to their seriously ill
brothers and sisters.
Winners in the adult and professional categories are:
• Best Nurse, Heather Carrick from Glasgow
• The Best Medical Team, Kings College Hospital Limb
Reconstruction Unit from London
• Best Doctor, Dr Ed Wraith from Manchester
• Best Community Practitioner, Julie Chambers from
• Best Allied Health Professional, social worker
Gemma Downes from Oxford
• Best School Professional, Irene Renwick from Edinburgh.