Celebrate your little heroes!

Champion Children
Champion Children

Do you know a brave, generous, courageous or thoughtful youngster who deserves a special treat this Christmas?

The Reporter Series’ annual Champion Children awards is back and we are calling for nominations of children aged 16 or under who have gone that extra mile and deserve recognition.

Champion Child Tyler Jessop with his family. (d27031273)

Champion Child Tyler Jessop with his family. (d27031273)

In the past we’ve recognised inspirational youngsters who have accomplished sporting triumphs, made charitable collections, or overcome serious illness.

And this year we’ve teamed up with our sister papers at Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group to make the event even more special than ever.

We’ll be inviting them to a special awards ceremony at Theatre Royal Wakefield, where they will be presented with an award before being treated to a performance of the Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.

Last year we enlisted the help of BBC news presenter Clare Frisby to recognise the achievements of children from across the district.

Joshua Butler collects an award. (d27031258)

Joshua Butler collects an award. (d27031258)

They included Spen Valley Sports College pupil Ryan Surman, then 14, who took on the role of man of the house after his dad died, helping to look after his severely disabled brother.

And Batley schoolboy Thomas Clark, who raised £100 for Children in Need by completing a nine mile sponsored walk.

Westborough High School pupil Louis Brook was honoured for his strength in overcoming liver failure and post-transplant cancer. The 12-year-olds sheer determination and bravery amazed his family, friends and hospital staff.

Courageous Joshua Butler was recognised for his amazing recovery after being left seriously ill after being knocked down,

Last year's Champion Children winners.

Last year's Champion Children winners.

And who can forget the inspiring story of Tyler Jessop, who was left brain damaged after being hit by a car when he was four years ago. But the little fighter continues to impress and astound everyone around him, learning braille and attending mainstream school in Batley.

YWNG group editor Mark Bradley said: “There are many young unsung heroes out there who have inspired, shown bravery or acted selflessly for others, we would love to celebrate them and their achievements this Christmas.”

If you know a young person who is a Champion Child please write to tell us about what makes them special. Please include the child’s name, age, address and their parent or guardian’s daytime contact number. Mark nominations as ‘Champion Children 2013’ and send them to editorial@wakefieldexpress.co.uk or Wakefield Express, First Floor, Bullring House, 23 Northgate, Wakefield, WF1 3BJ.

The deadline for nominations is Friday November 29.