New supporter signs up for Courageous Kids Awards

EVENTS specialist mclcreate is giving its backing to the Courageous Kids Awards.

The company, which has its local base in Kings Norton in Birmingham, is the latest business to sign up in support of the new awards scheme, the brainchild of Black Country children’s support organisation Tappy Twins.

The is the event’s media partner.

When Simon Jelley, sales director at mclcreate, was approached by Jo Jeffries about the Courageous Kids Awards and he found out more about this worthy cause, it didn’t take long for the business to decide that it wanted to be part of this event.

It will be providing the technical production for the awards. 
He said, “On hearing the extraordinary work undertaken by Tappy Twins and how the awards recognise kids, it was a no-brainer that we wanted to assist.

“We are excited to be able to provide our full production and floor management services including event crew, set build, along with audio lighting design and video and live camera work.”
Tim Spencer, managing director of the firm, added, “As one of the country’s leading events companies, mclcreate is regularly asked if it would be willing to contribute or to lend assistance to organisations and charities in raising awareness of their situation.

“As a business, we would love nothing more than to assist wherever we can, but commercially this is not possible. Being able to contribute a little something back makes a huge difference to all those employed within the company up and down the country.

“As a company, we are delighted when we can provide assistance to a worthy cause particularly one such as Courageous Kids.”

The region’s business community is now being asked to give its support to the awards scheme.

Businesses can get involved in a number of ways including sponsoring an award or buying tickets for the event at a corporate rate of £750 for a table of ten.

There are also opportunities to provide mentoring to the children concerned or simply to make a donation.

The awards ceremony takes part on Saturday November 21, 2015 from late afternoon until 11pm in the Great Hall, Birmingham University.

But sponsors who sign up in time will also be invited to an Ambassadors’ Reception at Hotel du Vin on Monday (September 28).

Tappy Twins is a support group founded by Suzanne Skeete which helps young people learn how to take control of their emotions.

The Courageous Kids Awards aim to celebrate all that the children the group works with and to recognise what has been achieved over the past year.

Many of the youngsters come from underprivileged backgrounds and struggle day to day, rarely having time for real enjoyment or celebration or recognition.

“Not only do we want to acknowledge their accomplishments but we also want to set things in motion for their futures,” said Ms Skeete, who has teamed up with professional singer songwriter Jo Jeffries to organise the event.

The event on November 21 begins with a drinks reception, followed by dinner and the awards ceremony, hosted by television presenter Marverine Cole.

Judges for the awards include Sky Sports presenter Gary Newbon, Tim Andrews – chair of charity LoveBrum and managing director of Hollywood Monster – and Judi Strange, who was awarded an MBE in recognition of her work to eradicate child poverty.

For further information – and ticket requirements – contact Suzanne Skeete on 03306 601274 or 07507 228319 or email:

Alternatively contact Jo Jeffries on 07984 319692 or email: