Brave youngsters get their time to shine

Rory Curzon Smith far left received the child of courage awards alongside five other youngsters at the Rock FM Time to Shine awards
Rory Curzon Smith far left received the child of courage awards alongside five other youngsters at the Rock FM Time to Shine awards
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Heroes from across Lancashire have been honoured for their courage, selflessness and charity endeavours at the annual Rock FM Cash 4 Kids Time to Shine’ awards.

Amongst those awarded at the event held at Blackpool Tower Ballroom, was youngster Rory Curzon Smith from Fulwood in Preston, who received the child of courage award.

Rory, 6, has a number of complex disabilities with sensory, neurological and mobility issues, chronic lung disease as well as problems with digestion.

He has been undergoing specialist therapy and his family are driving a fund raising campaign to help raise the money for the programme devised by the Family Hope Centre in America.

In April they will hold a charity fun run in aid of Rory’s Rec Fund.

Rory’s mum Sally they were so proud to see him receive the bravery award, she added: “We were surrounded by outstanding people who are truly mind blowing in their courage, dedication and passion.”

Others who received the prize included Izzy Johnstone, Charlie Catterall, Daniel Dunne and Jessica Mulholland.

Fundraising team of the year went to Taylor Patterson and Swinton Insurance

Entertainment was provided by The 4 Ds, Preston’s College Performing Arts and My Stage Company Inspiration Dancers and singer and guitarist Millicent, who recently appeared on The Voice.

Winners

Service with a Smile – Presented by The Mayor of Blackpool – Winners Julie McGreavy and Jenni Collinson ( Preston)

Shining Example – Presented by Wendy Evans and diana Robertson The Shepherd Street Trust – Winner Mickii Edwards (Oswaldtwistle)

Young Achiever – Presented by Stephanie Slater Paralympic Gold Medalist – Winner Sophia Woods (Blackburn)

School of the Year – Presented by Rachael Boaler and Effie Sharp – Sir Tom Finney High School

Teacher of the Year – Presented by Anne Markland Preston’s College – Winner Susan Hall (Preston)

Child of Courage – Presented by Miss Blackpool Beth Dust, Nikki Thompson and Clare Traynor Cash for Kids – Winners Izzy Johnstone (Leyland), Rory Curzon Smith (Preston), Rebecca Hayden (Blackpool), Charlie Catterall (Chorley), Daniel Dunne (Preston), Jessica Mulholland (Preston)

Fundraising Event of the Year – Presented by Rod Train UCLan Event Management – Winner Barclays Corporate

Fundraising Team of the Year – Presented by Paul Webster Content Controller Rock FM – Winners Taylor Patterson and Swinton Insurance

Local Hero – Presented by Andy Sykes, Blackpool Gazette – Winner Megan Holmes (Preston)

Volunteer of the Year – Presented by Moira Ogansakin and Becki Heaton My Stage Company – Winners Stephen Wilson and Debbie Fielding (Leyland and Preston)

Volunteer Team of the Year – Presented by Kenny Mew Merlin Entertainments – Winner Amey

Above and Beyond Award – Presented by Chris Maxwell PNE Goalkeeper – Winner UK Media and Events and Starkidz

Corporate Supporter of the Year – Presented by Mark Powell Lloyd BMW – Winner Protyre and Preston Guild Hall

CFK Long Service Award – Presented by Hilary Pickering Srtation Director Rock FM – Winner The Store Room and Arnold Clark

Junior Sir Tom Finney Award – Presented by Brian Finney – Winner Becky Simpson (Leyland)

Sir Tom Finney Award – Presented by Bill Parkinson Prestons Kitchens and Bedrooms – Winner Bev Sykes and Just Good Friends (Lytham)