AS AN ambassador for WellChild, the national charity for seriously ill children, I would like to appeal to your readers to give a brave and special young person in your area the credit they deserve by nominating them for the 2021 WellChild Awards in this year when I think we all need a boost of positive news to get us through a tough time.

At the WellChild Awards 2021, in association with GSK, we will be paying a public tribute to some of the UK’s very special children, young people and caring professionals.

And I know there must be many worthy nominees in your area whose courage, inspirational qualities and bravery in the face of adversity mean they deserve their moment to shine.

So many families have felt forgotten during COVID-19, through the WellChild Awards it is time to hear their stories, shine a light on the challenges they have faced and recognise their strength and resilience.

We also hope that it will bring some much-needed hope and positivity to their lives.

We are looking for inspirational children and young people who have defied the odds in the face of serious illness and the selfless nurses, doctors, brothers, sisters and friends who help care for them.

This is your opportunity to give them the recognition they deserve at a prestigious event regularly attended by WellChild Patron, The Duke of Sussex.

I am proud to be a long-standing ambassador for WellChild and I have presented the WellChild Awards many times alongside The Duke of Sussex and a host of celebrity guests.

The awards are a truly magical experience for the winners who have an evening they will never forget.

I have seen for myself the wonderful boost that the Awards bring to the winners and nominees, many of whom are living with serious illnesses.

In this of all years that’s something they really need.

Nominations for the 2021 WellChild Awards are open now so I would like to appeal to your readers to please get yours in before the closing date on Monday December 14 at noon.

Get the details of how to nominate them now on WellChild’s website or by calling 01242 530007.

The winners will be invited along with their nominator to attend the WellChild Awards ceremony in 2021, where I will be among the celebrity guests and supporters to congratulate them personally.

I would love your readers to be involved in nominating a deserving winner in the WellChild Awards and help lift everybody’s mood.

If you know someone who deserves to be recognised then please show them just how special they are.

Thank you for your help.

Gaby Roslin

WellChild Ambassador