Isle of Wight Radio has revealed its Child Of Wight award winners, at the fourth annual ceremony at Cowes Yacht Haven.
Supported by Wightfibre, the event featured a performance by Britain’s Got Talent’s Derek Sandy.
It was hosted by Isle of Wight Radio Breakfast Show presenters Paul Topping and Georgie Carter.
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The winners were…
The Overall Child of Wight winner (sponsored by Wightfibre) cares for her dad, mum, brother and grandma. Described as the family’s “earth angel”, 13-year-old Leah Ounsworth was given the prestigious accolade.
“Kind-natured, helpful and thoughtful” Grace Argyle was named Child of Wight Fundraiser (sponsored by ETL Electrical Solutions). She was honoured for her charity work, including raising money for Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline.
She told Isle of Wight Radio,
“There was a nuclear disaster and the land is contaminated. When they come over, it gives them a few extra years of life.”
The Community Kids from The Bay CE School won the Make a Difference award (sponsored by The Needles). Their achievements include working as gardeners at Osborne House to recreate a WW1 battlefield and singing First World War songs with the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hampton Court Flower Show.
“Loving, caring and compassionate” Harvey Brett-Hill was named Best Brother sponsored by AM Builders), after supporting his parents and family, including brother Tobey, who has autism.
“I’m there when he needs me. Tobey is unique and can be very caring and comforting.”
Evie Fuller is Best Sister (sponsored by Long Lane Flooring). She was honoured for her love and support for twin Grace, who has cerebral palsy.
Evie said the key is,
“…to be selfless and do whatever for your sister. If you’re mean about it, you don’t deserve this award.”
Anna Marie Constable was handed the Asa Singleton Courageous Child award (sponsored by Wightlink). She faces challenges with her health and has learning disabilities and autism. She was in the car with her dad when he collapsed at the wheel. She flagged down help, called her mum and ran into a pub to find a defibrillator. She did all she could. Sadly, her dad could not be saved.
Anna’s mum Debbie told Isle of Wight Radio,
“I’m so proud of Anna. Her strength and her courage has got us through. Tonight has been fantastic. It’s brought us a little bit of happiness.”
Sporting Star (sponsored by UKSA) is cyclist Harrison Hendy who has raced across Europe and competed in the European Youth Tour.
Bethany Wilford, Ben Thompson and Oliver Brunton are our Young Performer (sponsored by Westridge Skips) winners. Ben performed at the event with Theatretrain before finding himself on stage.
“It’s the drive that you know you want to do it. You’re in that mode. It’s you and it’s the audience. And its amazing.”
For more than five years, Jaden Humphreys has been caring for his mum who has daily epileptic seizures. He has saved her life multiple times. He excels at football and his behaviour is “exceptional”. He has been named Young Carer (sponsored by Fidelity International).
Summer Tucker is our Young Achiever (sponsored by IFPL). She lost her mum to ovarian cancer when she was just 12 years old. She later joined the Wave Project which is a surf group in Sandown that helps children overcome trauma.
The Child Of Wight Best Friend (sponsored by Amazon World) is Reuben White, who has “the kindest heart” and is best friends with Jay, who is 10 and has cystic fibrosis.
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