Famous baby-products firm will sponsor Child of Courage award

Aidan Jackowiak Smith and his family at the awards in 2014 at Alnwick Garden.
Aidan Jackowiak Smith and his family at the awards in 2014 at Alnwick Garden.

An internationally-renowned baby products brand has thrown its support behind a special prize which honours brave children, as part of an annual celebration of unsung community heroes.

Tommee Tippee, which is owned by Mayborn Group, is sponsoring the Matthew Phillips Child of Courage accolade, in this year’s Best of Northumberland Awards.

The prize honours a child who has shown exceptional bravery in their life. They may have overcome great odds or made sacrifices above and beyond the call of duty. 

Last year’s winners included Aidan Jackowiak Smith, who suffered the rare genetic disorder, Cloves Syndrome. The Alnwick lad, four, died earlier this year.

The youngster shared the prize with Summer Carss and Harry Wintrip, who have both had major surgery.

Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson, global HR director at Mayborn Group, said the company, via its Tommee Tippee brand, is delighted to be sponsoring the prize, which is named after Matthew Phillips, from Shilbottle, who died of a brain tumour in 2011, aged five. 

Jeanette says: “This special award recognises incredible children in the community. As a global brand with its company headquarters in Northumberland, Tommee Tippee is delighted to be sponsoring this very special category in the 2015 awards.”

The Best of Northumberland Awards are organised by Northeast Press – publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader and Tweeddale Press’s Berwick Advertiser.

Readers are encouraged to nominate individuals/groups in the county who go above and beyond the call of duty and/or show incredible strength and courage.

The awards are split into 12 categories. As well as the Child of Courage award, other categories are Sporting Achievement; Community Champion; Emergency Services Award; Role Model; Green Champion; Community Group; Child of Achievement; Fund-raiser of the Year; Good Neighbour; Volunteer of the Year; Lifetime Contribution.

To make a nomination, visit www.jpne-events.co.uk/best-of-northumberland/

The website has information about the criteria for each category.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, August 27.

A ceremony takes place at Linden Hall, Longhorsley, on Thursday, September 10, and the winners will be crowned.