The brave, the bright and the best saw their names up in lights this week at the annual Doncaster Superkids presentation took place.
The event, which was held at the town’s Frenchgate, honoured tomorrow’s citizens, talented youngsters who support our community overcome adversity, bravery and go one step further for the greater good of all.
More than 70 young achievers were nominated for categories covering - Math Marvel, Fearless Bravery, Dynamic Fundraiser, Enterprising Star, Technology Whizz, Wonder Writer, Mighty Performer, Super Sports Star, Extraordinary Inspirer, Super School and Golden Child
The evening was hosted by the area’s BBC TV The Apprentice star Frances Bishop who said: “I was so pleased to be invited to host this years Superkids Awards to meet all the children and share their stories.”
There was a whole host of dining offers up for grabs, coming from Cosmo and Shake n Burger with doughnuts thanks to Krispy Kreme, with prizes supplied by Debenhams Personal Shopper, Wilko’s, WH Smiths, Smiggle, Patiserie Valerie and Sheffield International Venues while charity raffle prizes have been donated by Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Debenhams Personal Shopper, Domo and Sheffield International Venues.
Among the valuable sponsors of Superkids 2017 was Doncaster Children’s Services Trust (DCST).
Chief executive, Paul Moffat said: “Our work at the trust focuses on providing children’s social care, including fostering, and family support services across the borough.
“We want to help all children and young people to stay safe and well, and to reach their full potential.
“We take care of so many talented young people who do extraordinary things every day to support others and to make a difference in their community.
“So we feel the Superkids Awards are a perfect platform to celebrate the personal achievements of the amazing young people who are growing up across Doncaster.
“It has been humbling to read about their achievements of all the young people who have been nominated for this year’s awards.
“We are pleased to be able to celebrate with the many talented and brave youngsters, those who have overcome adversity and those young people who have helped to improve the lives of others.”
Introducing this year’s awards was Nancy Fielder, editor of the Doncaster Free Press, who firstly thanked the judges for the unenviable task of reading all the incredible stories that were submitted for consideration and deliberating the winners for the awards.
She explained that the proceeds from the night’s events would go to Doncaster Detection Trust, inviting the audience to make a donation with the chance to win a prize, before introducing guest speaker Frances Bishop before the presentation of awards.
Category winners were as follows:
Math Marvel (sponsored by Doncaster College) - Joshua Mahon - Josh is truly a maths whizz. Not only is he expected to achieve a top grade when he sits his GCSE next year, he has already shown that he is successful nationally against other students.
His level of dedication and the incredible knowledge of maths that Josh has are outstanding.
Fearless Bravery (sponsored by Refurnish) - Liam Morrison - Liam was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at the age of 4. He is currently undergoing an intensive 3 year chemotherapy treatment plan.
Despite his terrible illness and the side affects to the chemotherapy you will never see him without his big beautiful smile
Dynamic Fundraiser - Daisy Watt - Daisy is an outstanding artist and her modesty towards her talent is admirable. Daisy’s painting raised over 20k last year at the Equinox ball for Firefly and Cruk. She strives to raise more money this year to help purchase a new Firefly vehicle.
Enterprising Star (sponsored by Tommee Tippee) - Lakeside Primary School children - Year six children at Lakeside primary school, campaigned against people parking outside their school. Their banners carried slogans such as ‘No Parking – keep us safe’ and ‘Child safety comes first – no parking’.
Technology Whizz (sponsored by Amazon) - Harry Moxon - Harry is home educated after being diagnosed with ADHD and ASD.
Struggling with written work and confidence, however exceeds in is his computer skills, completing code club scratch projects, programming python for kids and building websites with HTML and CSS.
Wonder Writer - Toby Hopson - Toby’s homework from school was to write a story to enter a national competion for Silentnight Beds. Working really hard perfecint his story “Hippo and Duck meet Marlo Monkey”, finally paid off when he received the news that he had won the competition.
Mighty Performer - Oliver Barker - Oliver Barker - All England Song & Dance Champion 2017. In June Oliver also Auditioned along side 800 children and was 1 of only 25 selected to join Stagebox Musical Theatre & Management company.
Super Sports Star (sponsored by Atherton Godfrey) - Owen Blunt - Owen is the youngest, highest ranked Black Belt (3rd Dan) in the Korean martial art Taekwondo ever to be registered in Britain. Also two times British advanced champion.
Extraordinary Inspirer (sponsored by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust) - Caitlin Kirkham - Caitlin has overcome adversity and become a voice for looked after children. Part of the children's in care council, changing and shaping the future for other children and young people in the same situation.
Invincible Carer (sponsored by Total Finance Options) - Casey Pearson - Casey is such an inspiration. She has 3 brothers, who all have additional needs, Casey has seen over the years how Mum cares to there’s needs. She Is always helpful and such a good girl and passing in all her classes.
Super School (sponsored by Solutions For Cleaning) - XP School - XP School is an 11-19 mainstream secondary school, which teaches project based learning. The school and staff are devoted to the students and work hard to promote independence, build confidence and relationships.
Golden Child (sponsored by Frenchgate Shopping Centre) - Tracey Sinnott - Tracey Sinnott has been a foster carer for over five years. For the past 2 years she has been a Hub carer for the mockingbird project. Tracey has brought to the role of Hub carer her creativity, her passion and her willingness to go ‘above and beyond’ for the project and for the families and children she supports.
Presenting this award was Paddy Mellon who said: “In recognition of the Frenchgate’s 50th anniversary, we wanted to recognise someone who was just a child themselves 50 years ago, someone who has supported and cared for children over the years.
Pick up your copy of next Thursday's Doncaster Free Press for an eight page picture special featuring all the finalists.
* Frenchgate Shopping Centre are delighted to be an official associate partner for the Doncaster Superkids Awards 2017.
The centre is located in the heart of Doncaster town centre with easy access from the north and south as well as by bus and train via the centre’s transport interchange.
Originally named after one of the old gates of medieval Doncaster and the street that sits next to the centre, Frenchgate has over 120 stores including Debenhams, Next, New Look, Sainsbury’s, Boots, Beaverbrooks, Schuh, Build-a-Bear and many more, making it the ideal place for your next shopping trip.
Once you have worked up an appetite you can relax and enjoy a quick bite or meal in the food mall.
The delights of Patisserie Valerie, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Shake ‘N Burger and many more await you.
Attracting over 17.5M visitors per annum, Frenchgate continues to build upon its existing profile and presence within the town centre.
It aspires to play a significant role within the local and wider communities of Doncaster whilst attracting out of town visitors.
The centre achieved a rank of 36 in the top 50 UK shopping centres, according to The Definitive Guide to Shopping Centres 2016 by Trevor Woods and was also awarded a prestigious Purple Apple award earlier this year for its innovative #Paperdolls campaign.
Frenchgate is set to turn the big 5-0 in October next year and is marking the occasion with a yearlong celebratory campaign.
The centre first opened its doors in October 1968 and the party is starting early with Frenchgate launching its 50th anniversary year from this month.
The centre is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.
For further information visit www.frenchgateshopping.co.uk or follow Frenchgate on Facebook and Twitter.
* This year’s Superkids competition was also supported by Doncaster College and University Centre.
A spokesman explained “We specialise in vocational courses, apprenticeships and University level courses. English and Maths play an essential part of studies, work and everyday life, and we are proud to prioritise this for every student, working to support them achieve an A*-C GCSE grade. Across all our courses literacy and numeracy is integrated throughout our teaching, providing students with exciting learning opportunities within their chosen field and that enhance employment opportunities. If you are hoping to progress on to university or employment you will need good English and Maths skills alongside your GCSE qualifications. We deliver a range of daytime and evening classes. Teaching students of all ages giving everyone an equal chance to succeed, so whether you’re a school leaver or an adult learner, there’s a place for you at Doncaster College.”