Charity in search of brave young stars

A north east charity has launched its annual search for the region’s bravest young stars.

The Star Awards were started six years ago by The Children’s Foundation and Newcastle’s Lord Mayor to recognise the achievements of children with disabilities, and the challenges they and their families face.

Last year, 11-year-old Dylan Lamond won an award after Lynn Watson, headteacher at Percy Hedley School, nominated him for his positive attitude in the face of adversity and for being an inspiration to others.

Lynn said: “Dylan has a severe and complex neurological condition so he requires intensive specialist support to carry out tasks.

“Dylan is often poorly and recently underwent major surgery. His attitude to hospital and illness is an inspiration to us all.

“Dylan’s parents are devoted to him and ensure he has the best quality of life available.”

Kerry McCormack, project manager at The Children’s Foundation, said: “This is a truly up-lifting event, which we are very proud to hold each year.

“It is fantastic to see the smiles on the children’s faces as they get up to receive their award. I would urge people to come forward now and nominate their very own Stars.”

The Stars Awards will be held in Newcastle’s Contemporary Art Gallery – The Biscuit Factory – on Wednesday, June 26, between noon and 2pm.

There are three categories you can nominate your chosen star for – child or young person star; friend or sibling star; and parent or carer star.

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The closing date for nominations is Friday, June 14.