Updated – Pride Of Britain Awards Launch At Alder Hey
Pride of Britain have been touring the length and breadth of the country with a specially branded coach this week, giving members of the public the chance to nominate those they believe deserve one of the prestigious awards.
The coach arrived at Alder Hey’s main entrance at 3.30pm and staff, patients and families were invited to come and give their nominations for their Pride of Britain hero.
Amongst those attending the launch was Ted McCaffery from Warrington who was nominated by Alder Hey Children’s Charity for his support for Alder Hey’s new hospital appeal.
Ted underwent open heart surgery in a six hour operation earlier this year to repair a damaged valve. Doctors had spotted that Ted had a heart murmur during a checkup aged one and after being referred to Alder Hey, he was diagnosed with subaortic stenosis which means an extra flap of skin was growing in his aortic valve. Ted spent 24 hours in intensive care and nine days in hospital and was off school for three months. He has since made a full recovery and has played rugby for Warrington RUFC under 7’s team, as well as raising funds for Alder Hey by taking part in a mini triathlon. He was prompted to fundraise after discovering that the TV next to his hospital bed was broken.
Ted became a Young Ambassador for Alder Hey Children’s Charity in October and has since been supporting a £30m fundraising appeal aiming to raise funds for life saving equipment, arts and play activities and vital research.
Cath Harding from Alder Hey Children’s Charity who today nominated Young Charity Ambassador Ted in the Young Fundraiser of the Year category said: “We are delighted to nominate Ted for a Pride of Britain Award today. He has been a fantastic supporter of our £30m appeal which is aiming to raise valuable funds for Alder Hey’s new hospital. We are nominating all our young appeal ambassadors for the vital role they are playing in helping us create a world class facility for children and I’m pleased that Ted was able to attend today so I could nominate him personally.”
On being nominated Ted said: “I was really excited. I couldn’t believe it. It was great to be here today.”
Also attending the launch was young Alder Hey patient Emmy Taylor who is recovering from serious burns she suffered after a caravan fire three years ago. Now a bright and bubbly five year old, Emmy is still a regular visitor to Alder Hey, where she stayed for nearly three months after the fire. The Taylors have been on a huge journey since then, when doctors and surgeons fought to save Emmy’s life. Emmy and her family nominated her consultant surgeon Sian Falder at today’s launch.
Emmy’s mum Laura said: “During the countless procedures and operations, we found support all around us at Alder Hey. We can’t thank Sian enough for all the hours she spent caring for Emmy and we wanted to show our appreciation by coming down here today and putting in this nomination. We feel like this is where the best burns specialists in the country are and we wouldn’t want to be seen anywhere else. Alder Hey saved our daughter’s life and we know they’re going to improve it year on year.”
On receiving her nomination from Emmy, Sian said: “Emmy is an incredibly brave young girl and I feel extremely honoured to be nominated for such a prestigious award. There have been many people involved in Emmy’s care and I’m sure this nomination is for all those involved!”
Pride of Britain award winners come from tens of thousands of public nominations and stories of remarkable individuals. They are whittled down to a shortlist from which a judging panel made up of celebrated figures in national life chooses the winners, who are then honoured at a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in the Autumn.
For more information about the awards and nomination categories please visit the Pride of Britain website.