Introducing DWJ Group as the Print Sponsor for the National Children of Wales Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the DWJ Group is the Print Sponsor for the National Children of Wales Awards.

The DWJ Group, which also trades as Forrest Print, is a family-run business based in Milford Haven. Director, Andrew Forrest, has over 30 years of experience in the industry, managing several UK printing companies. Andrew is joined by his daughter Rhian.

DWJ production division in Swansea has a long history servicing the whole of the UK, managed by business partner Dawn Jones and director Sam Reese.

Of their involvement in the inaugural National Children of Wales Awards, director, Andrew Forrest, said:

“The DWJ Group is honoured to support the National Children of Wales Awards 2020 organised by Bluestone Resorts. The Bluestone Foundation supports some excellent projects and charities throughout Wales, the National Children of Wales Awards is no exception.

“The nature of the awards, focusing on diversity, bravery, achievements, and fundraising, struck a chord with the directors, which has inspired the DWJ Group to support the recognition of children in Wales.”

The National Children of Wales Awards are proud to be supporting Teenage Cancer Trust. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing specialist nursing care and support to young people with cancer.

Every day in the UK, around seven young people between the ages of 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer. Support begins from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment, and until the patient is cancer free.

Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity, funded by public donations. Without the generosity of the public, Teenage Cancer Trust simply wouldn’t be able to do the outstanding work it does in supporting young people and their families.

In their 2017/18 financial period, Teenage Cancer Trust spent £12.32 million directly on cancer services before during and after treatment.  Every penny donated to Teenage Cancer Trust counts and without the generous support of the public the charity simply wouldn’t exist.

One of the young people Teenage Cancer Trust has supported is Nick from Bristol.

He was 18 years old and in the final year of his A-Levels when he began to feel unwell. After a troublesome cough that wouldn’t go away, Nick was referred to A&E for blood tests. Neither he nor his family expected what the results would reveal.

Nick was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), a cancer of the blood. He describes how his family were devastated, yet he was too shocked to grasp the seriousness of the situation:

“I couldn’t really believe it and I just asked when I could go back to school. After a few days, it was apparent that wouldn’t happen,” he said.

Nick had to endure four cycles of two different types of chemotherapy, which has left him with mild to moderate heart failure.

To begin with, Nick was based on the adult ward as there were no available beds in the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit. Most of the other patients were significantly older than him, and the rooms were very small.

He was unhappy there, saying “I had no-one to talk to and I felt quite lonely. I didn’t leave my room for about two weeks.”

However, when Nick was transferred to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, his whole experience changed. His room was far bigger, complete with his own desk as well as places for his family and friends to sleep when they visit.

His loneliness vanished, as he was surrounded by people his age who were going through the same experience.

The nurses “felt more like friends”, explained Nick, praising them for not only checking up on patients physically, but also emotionally and mentally.

Now, Nick is excited for his future. He passed his A-Levels and received an unconditional offer to study Politics and International Relations at Sheffield University.

However, keen to soak up all that life has to offer, Nick is taking a gap year to explore Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. He still has to take precautions, by finding local hospitals that are able to take blood tests and send them back to his hospital, but remains hopeful.

Thanks to the Teenage Cancer Trust, Nick can live life again.

“It’s great that I can still follow my dreams and live my life, and I am determined to make the most of every minute,” he said.

We can’t commend the efforts of the Teenage Cancer Trust enough. We are confident that the proceeds from the National Children of Wales Awards will change hundreds of lives, so more young people can have a positive outcome like Nick. We hope that you will support us in our efforts to have the work of this charity recognised.

We are delighted to announce that the 1192 Laser & Beauty Clinic are sponsoring the Child of Courage Award at the National Children of Wales Awards.

The 1192 Laser & Beauty Clinic is considered one of the leading clinics and beauty salons within its field. The clinic is in Swansea, and its owner, Donnalee Alford, works alongside some of the country’s leading laser manufacturers.

The team at 1192 have established a reputation for high quality treatments, ranging from manicures to fat reduction technologies.

Of its involvement with the National Children of Wales Awards, owner, Donnalee Alford, said:

“As a mother, I’ve always been moved to see children of all ages doing great things for their families, for others, and for their local communities. It brings great warmth to my heart. I want to take any opportunity I can to help the National Children of Wales Awards give recognition to these inspirational children and their stories.

“The Child of Courage category particularly resonated with me. I am always amazed at how young people can make so much out of life, demonstrating strength beyond their years, even in the face of great adversity. It really reminds me just how much we take for granted in life.”

Blanche Sainsbury, the founder of the National Children of Wales Awards added:

“I’m thrilled to welcome 1192 Laser & Beauty Clinic as one of the sponsors of the National Children of Wales Awards. It’s inspirational to see how many businesses have engaged with our mission to celebrate the inspirational achievements of the young people of Wales, while raising money for charities in Wales dedicated to helping children. Without businesses like 1192 Laser & Beauty Clinic, these awards could not happen.”

The National Children of Wales Awards are thrilled to be supporting the NSPCC, also known as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

The NSPCC is dedicated to protecting children across the UK from appalling accounts of abuse and neglect, aiming to transform society to ensure the children of the future are safe.

The charity is trying to tackle the all-too-often hidden crime of child sexual exploitation, often referred to as CSE, by working in partnership with regional agencies and bodies.

In Wales, the pioneering ‘Protect and Respect’ scheme is making a difference vulnerable young people who are sadly at risk.

It is offered at two of the three Welsh NSPCC centres in Prestatyn and Swansea and it is aimed 11 to 19 year olds and covers three key areas – protection, risk reduction and recovery.

Delivered through partnership working, the charity is working alongside North Wales Police and other agencies to help keep children safe for the threat of abuse.

In Prestatyn, practitioners from the NSPCC regularly work with the force’s specialist team.

Police officers gather intelligence about CSE so they can identify the current picture across North Wales – where it’s happening, who are the victims and who is responsible.

Following a referral, specially-trained practitioners meet the young person at risk and carry out an assessment, beginning the process of assessing and addressing their needs.

Through a combination of one-to-one sessions and group work, practitioners may work with a child for up to six months but it can be longer. Meanwhile the force’s specialist team maintains a supporting role in the initiative and stays in contact with young people it refers to us, offering help when required.

Importantly, the service offers bespoke support – for example, it is provided in Welsh when it is the spoken language of the young person.

The North Wales Safeguarding Children’s Board, which includes the NSPCC, six local authorities, the local police force and health board plus key stakeholders, was also the first regional statutory body in the UK to adopt the NSPCC’s harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) framework, in part due to the work of ‘Protect and Respect’.

Partnerships like this are vital in the NSPCC’s ongoing battle to keep children safe.

The work of the NSPCC in their plight to prevent children from becoming victims of abuse is truly admirable. Countless lives have no doubt been improved or repaired due to their work, which is mostly funded by public donations.

Even a small donation can make a world of difference.

£3 could pay for the ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme to reach one primary school child, giving them the knowledge to protect themselves from abuse.

£4 could pay for one trained volunteer counsellor to answer a child’s to Childline.

£5 could cover the cost of answering a call to the NSPCC helpline.

£25 could pay for a trained practitioner to deliver one hour of Pregnancy in Mind to help new parents with the ups and downs of having a baby.

We are confident that proceeds from the National Children of Wales Awards will go towards improving the quality of life of children in Wales, as well as across the UK.

We are elated to announce that MGY Estate Agents are sponsoring the Young Performer Award at the National Children of Wales Awards.

Offering over 35 years’ experience in the industry, MGY is a leading Cardiff Estate Agency. They are extremely knowledgeable regarding the best areas in Cardiff to rent, the best catchment areas for schools, and the best potential locations for business investments.

MGY Estate Agents pride themselves on their excellent customer service and professionalism. They always seek to go the extra mile for their clients when it comes to finding the perfect home.

Of their involvement with the National Children of Wales Awards, Michelle Bishop, Director, said:

“MGY are delighted to be in a position to sponsor the inaugural National Children of Wales Awards. As one of Cardiff’s leading independent estate agents, we help families find and move into comfortable homes across the city every day, which is both rewarding and a pleasure.

“As a thank you for that custom, we believe it is important for us as a company (and for our staff) to support the communities in which we operate, whether that be through charitable donations, fundraising, sports coaching or sponsorships.

“The National Children of Wales Awards provides a platform for incredibly courageous children, not just to tell their stories but be rewarded for their achievements; we appreciate the impact that recognition will have on these inspirational children and we feel incredibly humbled and honoured to be involved.”

The National Children of Wales awards are delighted to be supporting Dreams & Wishes, a charity that works with families of sick children across the UK, providing vital support throughout the child’s illness as well as helping to build happy memories by granting lifelong wishes.

Established in 2011, the charity aims to grant each child their dream or wish as best they can, taking their mind off their illness and letting them be a child for a moment.

In 2015, the charity was able to grant 164 wishes. This number rose to an incredible 188 wishes in 2016.

The very first Young Ambassador of the charity was 11-year-old Macsen Giess from Porthcawl, who was a footsteps Ambassador.

In May 2011, he was diagnosed with A.L.L PH+ (Leukaemia) and was admitted to Sky Ward in the Children’s Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

Macsen went through a lot of awful chemotherapy treatment, and had to be isolated in Bristol Hospital after a bone marrow transplant for a couple of weeks. There was a period when Macsen was able to recover at home, until he fell ill again and had to be re-admitted to hospital.

Here, he met Dreams & Wishes co-founder Tony Curtis MBE. When he was given the all-clear to leave hospital, he noticed that a Ferrari was parked outside. To his surprise, the Ferrari was waiting for him to take him home, courtesy of Tony Curtis!

However, this wasn’t the main event. Macsen said: “I thought it was the best surprise I’d ever had until Dreams & Wishes arranged a helicopter ride for me and my family. I was even allowed to fly it myself! I loved it.”

Over that summer, Dreams & Wishes arranged lots of surprises for him, with Macsen describing it as the best summer he’d ever had – making up for the year he had to spend in hospital.

Sadly, Macsen lost his fight with Leukaemia, and he is missed terribly. His family were so grateful for Dreams & Wishes because they allowed him to step away from his illness and enjoy being a child.

Charities such as this are exactly what the National Children of Wales Awards hope to recognise. Proceeds from the Awards will go towards granting lots of children with their dreams and wishes, lighting up their faces with smiles.

We are delighted to announce that Mitre Linen will be sponsoring the Young Fundraiser Award at the National Children of Wales Awards!

Established in 1946, Mitre Linen have been providing quality bed linen, bedding, towelling, soft furnishings and chefs’ wear to the hospitality, leisure, education, healthcare and laundry industries for over 70 years in the UK and worldwide. They cater for a variety of businesses, and have built up an impressive reputation over the years.

Their excellent customer service and the supreme quality of their products earned Mitre the honour of HM The Queen’s Royal Warrant, which they have held since 1955. Their achievements have also been recognised in the form of the Feefo Gold Trusted Service Award, which Mitre have been awarded for four consecutive years.

Of its involvement with the National Children of Wales Awards, Siân Cole, Regional Sales Manager, said:

“Mitre is incredibly excited to be sponsoring the Young Fundraiser Award. Fundraising is about much more than raising money; it’s about promoting a message and helping a charity or organisation achieve their goals. To be doing this as a young person is an amazing achievement and one that is bound to spread throughout family and friends”.

The National Children of Wales Awards are proud to be supporting the Teenage Cancer Trust. Before their first unit opened in 1990, no specialist cancer care for young people existed in the UK within the NHS. Now, the Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing young people living with cancer specialist care and expert treatment.

In the UK, every day, seven young people aged from 13-24 receive the devastating news that they have cancer. The Teenage Cancer Trust ensures that no young person should have to face this terrifying diagnosis alone. They are there every step of the way, supporting the young person as well as their family members.

Without the incredible work done by the Teenage Cancer Trust, thousands of young people would have to face cancer alone.

Young people who are in the care of the Teenage Cancer Trust are encouraged to continue being just that: young people. Specialist cancer units exist to bring young people together to be treated. This allows patients to socialise with each other, meeting other young people who understand exactly what they’re going through.

Nick, from Bristol, can attest to this. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), a cancer of the blood, at just 18 years old.

Initially, there were no spare beds at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, so he had to stay on the adult ward. This was a scary and isolating experience for him, as most of the other patients were significantly older than he was.

He was unhappy there, saying: “I had no-one to talk to and I felt quite lonely. I didn’t leave my room for about two weeks.”

However, when Nick was transferred to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit, his whole experience changed. His room was far bigger, complete with his own desk as well as places for his family and friends to sleep when they visit.

His loneliness vanished, as he was surrounded by people his age who were going through the same experience.

The Teenage Cancer Trust relies predominately on public donations as a means of income and work hard to ensure that this money is used to directly support young people before, during and after cancer treatment.

Thanks to the overwhelming generosity from the public, Teenage Cancer Trust has been able to provide 28 specialist teenage cancer units across the UK, helping young people with cancer feel less alone. Teenage Cancer Trust also funds 48 nurses and youth support co-ordinators in order to provide age appropriate care where it is most needed.

Another fantastic event organised by the Teenage Cancer Trust is their annual Teenage Cancer Trusts week of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  Since 2000, these concerts have hosted some of the biggest names in music and comedy who coming together each year to raise money to help young people face the chaos of cancer.

Notable stars who have performed at these gigs include Ed Sheeran, Olly Murs, Russell Howard, Kasabian, Bring Me The Horizon, Sir Paul McCartney, and of course their patron Sir Roger Daltrey.

We really cannot praise the efforts of the Teenage Cancer Trust enough. Their ability to change the lives of young people living with cancer, providing continuous support and friendship, is hugely inspiring.

Proceeds from the National Children of Wales Awards will help ensure that the Teenage Cancer Trust can extend their specialist care and support to countless more families. There are still thousands of young people living with cancer, without access to the care and encouragement of specialist nurses. No one should face cancer alone, and the proceeds from the Awards would help to ensure that fewer young people will.

The inaugural National Children of Wales Awards has unveiled a list of high-profile sponsors, who have committed to support and deliver the event through to its climax on April 3, 2020.

The Trade Centre Wales, one of the largest and fastest growing used car companies in the UK, and Bidfood, one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK, have committed to support the event as headline sponsors.

Mark Bailey, Chairman of the Trade Centre Wales, said:

“We are extremely proud to be supporting the inaugural National Children of Wales Awards. It is hard to envisage a more befitting event, closely aligned with our ethos and values, than recognising the contribution of children within our great nation.”

Nick Sullivan, Head of Freetrade Sales at Bidfood UK, commented:

“We are honoured to be part of a project that shines a light on tremendously brave children and young people who regularly face hardships and challenges in everyday life. Community engagement is extremely important to Bidfood as a business, which is why we make it part of our mission to regularly support our local communities across Wales.”

Meanwhile, the event has secured the support of a number of other companies as category sponsors. These companies are: Joe’s Ice Cream, RedKite Solicitors, 1192 Laser & Beauty Clinic, Forrest Print, Iceland Foods, Princes Gate, Andrew Rees & Sons Butchers, MGY, Principality Building Society, Barclays, Mitre Linen, Thomas Recruitment Group, PwC and Bibendum Wine.

The event is working with a number of other companies to provide support to the award winners. Packages are available to help fund a stay at the Bluestone Resort, and at the Celtic Manor on the evening of the event.

The National Children of Wales Awards was founded and launched by Blanche Sainsbury, chair of Bluestone National Park Resort and the Bluestone Foundation, the company’s charitable foundation.

Fifteen award categories will focus on diversity, bravery, courage, sporting achievements, and children who help others through championing causes, caring and fundraising. Full details of all the categories and how to enter can be found at the website: www.nationalchildrenofwalesawards.org

The organisers aim to raise £100,000 at the event, which will be distributed to charities in Wales dedicated to helping children. The Teenage Cancer Trust, Dreams & Wishes and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) will all benefit from the event, as will the Bluestone Foundation.

The Bluestone Foundation works with many local charities in Pembrokeshire, while the Bluestone National Park Resort has, for many years, aided charities including Dreams & Wishes, which helps seriously ill children enjoy precious holiday time with their families.

Blanche Sainsbury, chair of Bluestone National Park Resort and founder of the National Children of Wales Awards, said:

“The support of the local business community so far has been fantastic and exceeded our expectations. The fact is, that without this support, these awards would simply not exist. We are very grateful for those that have committed so far, but we are still seeking more companies to work with and also seeking prizes for the auction. I would urge anyone interested in getting involved in these awards to contact us.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring the awards, buying a table or donating an auction prize, please contact Mark Hillary at: mhillary@bluestonewales.com

We are thrilled to announce Redkite Solicitors as one of our event partners for the National Children of Wales Awards.

Redkite Solicitors have been helping families across England and Wales resolve their legal issues since 1898. The company was formed following the 2011 merger of two large firms of Solicitors: Lowless & Lowless, who were based in Pembrokeshire in Wales, and Morris Roberts Solicitors of Carmarthenshire, Wales.

In 2017, Redkite Solicitors were part of another merger with three longstanding law firms, Charles Crookes of Cardiff, George Tudor & De Winton of Brecon and The Phoenix Legal Group of Stroud, Stonehouse and Dursley in Gloucestershire. The reasoning behind this was that Redkite Solicitors wanted to seek the best of the best, and had a quest to find the most dedicated legal experts in the UK.

Following this successful merger, Redkite Solicitors are proud to be able to offer outstanding customer service, with a wide range of experts on hand to solve any legal issue.

Of its position as an event partner, Redkite Solicitors Chief Executive, Neil Walker, said:

“As a business founded in Wales, whose ethos is to prioritise supporting our local communities, we were excited to hear that the Bluestone Foundation were planning an event which will recognise truly unique children from across Wales.

“We are in awe of the way children are able to manage and adapt to adversity in their lives, while remaining strong for themselves and those around them. These children, their families, carers, and the charities that help them on a daily basis, absolutely deserve to be recognised for all that they do. There was never a moment we did not want to be involved in making such an important event happen!”

Blanche Sainsbury, the founder of the National Children of Wales Awards, added:

“We are extremely grateful for the support of Redkite Solicitors. Their involvement as an event partner reflects their dedication to supporting initiatives that really make a difference to the communities of Wales. Without the backing of such businesses, awards such as this would not be possible.”