Nominations now open for Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards

Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards 2023 continues to raise funds for the St James Place Charitable Foundation by honouring and recognising some of the region’s most courageous children and young adults. 

The event, at Leeds’ New Dock Hall in 13 October, aims to raise vital funds while celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of those children born with challenging and life-limiting conditions. The evening will also shine a light on those young adults who have excelled in the face of their difficulties and fundraisers who have been inspired to make a difference or who have excelled in their chosen sport.

Supported by the St James Place Charitable Foundation, since 1992, the charity has raised over 120 million pounds, with many of these funds being distributed to hundreds of charities in the region.

Speaking ahead of the Awards Ceremony, Jon Ellis, regional director for St James’s Place Leeds, said, “It’s a privilege for St James’s Place Leeds to continue to host the Yorkshire Children of Courage awards. 

“The event celebrates and recognises some very special children in our community. It’s also fantastic to have other Yorkshire businesses support us by contributing back to the community whilst generating funds for the Leeds St James’s Place Charitable Foundation.”

Children’s Charity of the Year

ITV Calendar’s Christine Talbot will host the prestigious evening alongside BBC Presenter Jon Hammond, and hopes to attract up to 800 guests for the event, which includes categories for children aged between 0 – 12 years and young adults between 13 – 18 years. There will also be a separate category recognising a Children’s Charity of the Year. 

All money raised at the YCCA awards ceremony will be matched pound-for-pound by St. James’s Place. Over the last 11 years, funds raised by the YCCA have contributed hugely towards helping children, community groups and organisations across the Yorkshire region. 

 Ewan Dowes, chair of St James’s Place Charitable Foundation Leeds and Yorkshire Region, said: “Almost 650 guests attended last year’s event raising £25,000 before matching from St. James’s Place. This year, we are aiming to make the event even bigger and better with a target of over 700 tickets and £50,000 in fundraising.

“The funds raised on the evening are there to help local charities across the Yorkshire region. Examples of charities we have supported recently are Leeds Children’s Charity, Support Dogs and the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund.

“We’re extremely proud to distribute numerous grants every year and see first-hand how much they help each charity fund a specific item or project.”

Star-Studded Event

The star-studded event hopes to attract over 800 guests from the region and will be supported by the charity’s brand ambassadors and local celebrities such as football pundit and ex-England player Paul Robinson, former England cricketer Ryan Sidebottom, LUFC and Sheffield United legend Brian Deane and ex-England women’s Rugby League player, commentator Danika Priim, Leeds Entrepreneur Terry George and Emmerdale’s Moira Dingle, actress Natalie J. Robb  

Yorkshire Business

2023 is the first year the event will have a Headline Sponsor, a role global tele-comms company Core Telecom are delighted to be part of such a worthy cause. 

Core Telecom chief executive Mahmood Mazhar said: “Core Telecom is committed to celebrating the importance of charity services; as such, we deeply admire the opportunity that the Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards provides in celebrating the achievements and resilience of children and young adults. We are very much looking forward to attending the October event.”

Other sponsors include Leeds Rhinos Foundation, Black Solicitors, Smurfit Kappa, Edward Architecture and Solution Performance Resourcing, whilst many other great brands have offered their support via raffle prizes, including Boodles, The Ivy Asia, First Direct Arena, Harvey Nichols, Dakota Hotel, Slingsby Gin and acclaimed dress designer Rebecca Rhodes to name but a few. Yorkshire Wildlife Park is kindly donating family tickets for all the individual winners. is proud to be the official media partner for the event.

To find out how to nominate and how your support can make a real difference to so many lives, please visit