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Raise a glass to our winners as celebrities pay tribute

Raise a glass to our winners as celebrities pay tribute

Date: 3rd November 2020 | By: national

It’s great for us to be able to tell you about the congratulations that have poured in from celebrities including Catherine Zeta Jones and Luke Evans, as well as from many businesses, for all of the winners of our Child of Wales Awards 2020.

There are twelve categories of awards which recognise inspiring young people and organisations whom have demonstrated remarkable courage and achievements.

Our winners would normally be unveiled at a star-studded awards ceremony at the Celtic Manor. The event, originally scheduled for April, has twice been postponed due to COVID-19. We now hope to run the event in April 2021, but we did not want to keep the children waiting any longer to celebrate their achievement.

The event had been rescheduled to take place on Friday, October 30. So, we’ve encouraged everyone who should have been attending, including celebrities, sponsors and supporters following the awards, to raise a glass to acknowledge the achievements of the winners.

The families and young people will all be treated to a holiday at Bluestone National Park Resort with their families when they are able to visit and will be attending a rearranged gala awards evening now taking place on April 9, 2021 (COVID-19 permitting).

You can find out more about our winners, with a brief on why they won, here.

We’ve also released a video introducing the winners and showcasing their stories, which can be viewed below.

We want to thank our sponsors, once again, for their continued support, which has allowed us to make a substantial donation to our three charities, despite the event being delayed.

We’ve already donated £5,000 to each of the charities in recognition of the challenging times they are enduring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. In case you’ve forgotten, our charities are: Teenage Cancer Trust, Dreams & Wishes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).

Blanche Sainsbury, our founder, said:

“The past six months, we have been forced to cancel our showcase event twice, it has been very frustrating for many reasons. But one of the biggest has been that we have been unable to unveil the finalists and tell their wonderful stories.

“When it became clear that the event would again be cancelled, we took the decision that we could wait no longer to showcase the incredible stories of the young people we have been working with and who deserve recognition. So, we are doing just that and revealing them as our winners.

“It is still very much our intention that they have their moment in the spotlight; our winners deserve that and we also want to showcase the work of our charities, while hopefully raising even more money for them, and thank our sponsors who have shown incredible patience and supported us through thick and thin. And I promise that, when it does go ahead, the long wait will be worth it. The evening will be amazing. We intend to finally deliver what we started and what so many people have worked so hard to make a very special event.”