Inspirational award winners are so proud

The Katy Holmes Trust North West Pride Awards: ''Most Outstanding Individual' Sofia Crockatt, far left, from Leyland, with fellow winner Dale Zaporowski, from Preston. 'Photo by Chloe Foy
The Katy Holmes Trust North West Pride Awards: ''Most Outstanding Individual' Sofia Crockatt, far left, from Leyland, with fellow winner Dale Zaporowski, from Preston. 'Photo by Chloe Foy

Inspirational people from Chorley and Leyland were honoured at a special award ceremony at the weekend.

The Katy Holmes Trust, a charity which funds research into childhood brain tumours in memory of the Penwortham schoolgirl who died when she was just 10-years-old, held its first North West Pride Awards on Saturday.

The Katy Holmes Trust North West Pride Awards:''Inspirational Child' Matilda Moffatt, far left, with mum Melanie, from Leyland, and fellow winner Adam Nicholson with his family, who are from Cumbria.'Photo by Chloe Foy

The Katy Holmes Trust North West Pride Awards:''Inspirational Child' Matilda Moffatt, far left, with mum Melanie, from Leyland, and fellow winner Adam Nicholson with his family, who are from Cumbria.'Photo by Chloe Foy

Leyland youngsters Matilda Moffatt and Sofia Crockatt were presented with the ‘Inspirational Child’ and ‘Most Outstanding Individual’ awards respectively, for their age groups.

Ruth Thomas from Euxton walked away with the ‘Health Professional of the Year’ trophy, and Joanne Duckworth from Mawdesley achieved the ‘Katy Holmes Trust Fund-raiser of the Year’ award.

Katy’s mum Paula said the event, held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa near Blackburn, was ‘fabulous’.

She said: “The event recognised hugely inspirational children, young people and adults from across the North West region.

“The awards celebrate how incredibly brave and supportive these people are, and appreciation of the challenges they face.”

Katy’s mum Paula

“It was the Katy Holmes Trust’s way of giving back to the community as well as recognising the hard work and dedication of others.

“Since Katy died in 2012, me and her dad, David, have witnessed the outstanding individuals and teams that are fighting back such as doctors, nurses and fund-raisers.

“The awards celebrate how incredibly brave and supportive these people are, and appreciation of the challenges they face.”

Matilda and Sofia have both featured in the Guardian before – Matilda has Battens disease and her mum Melanie has helped raise thousands of pounds into research and medical trials, while Sofia survived meningitis as a toddler after her leg was amputated.

She is now an ambassador for Meningitis Research Foundation, along with her parents Nick and Karen, and the family has raised around £35,000.

Paramedic Ruth works for the North West Ambulance Service and has organised many fund-raising events.

And Joanne was celebrated for her achievements as the founder of the Rainbow House in Mawdesley, along with her fund-raising efforts.

- See more photos in this week’s Guardian.