The charity set up in memory of brain tumour victim Katy Holmes is launching its own awards to recognise inspirational people.
An initial launch event for the North West Pride Awards 2015, hosted by the Katy Holmes Trust will take place next week.
The awards aim to celebrate the achievements of people from across the North West.
Katy died in January 2012, aged 10, just months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
Her parents Paula and David – who also have daughters Charley and Scarlet – launched the Katy Holmes Trust following her death.
The charity is dedicated to raising awareness of paediatric brain tumours and bringing in cash to fund research in memory of Katy.
Today Paula said: “This is also our way of saying a big thank you to everyone in the region who has supported us through the most difficult times in our lives.
“It’s our turn to give back. People will be able to nominate children and young people aged four to 18 for various very special awards in recognition of their achievements.
“We are also looking for people to nominate a special doctor, medical professional, community fundraiser or anyone who is truly deserving of one of our special awards because their dedication to making a difference.”
“The idea came about when Charley won her WellChild Awards in 2012 for her bravery looking after Katy.
“We saw how the whole event brought Charley out of her shell and we knew that we had to do something to help others who are overcoming their own adversities.”
Paula added: “The soft launch is on Tuesday and that is when nominations open.
“We are delighted to have the support of our wonderful patron Russell Watson and our ambassador Kirsty Henshaw too. We have so many fantastic supporters already who have very kindly donated their time and their services to helping make this event as special as it deserves to be.
“We would love more North West businesses to get involved and help us to give back to the very community that have supported them also.
“This promises to be a very special night filled with magical memories and surprises.”
The awards event itself will be held at the Mercure Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, on November 21 next year and the title sponsor is Pete Marquis. The website www.northwestprideawards.co.uk will go live on Tuesday.