County votes needed for unsung heroes

Could you nominate an unsung hero who helps protect children in your community?
Could you nominate an unsung hero who helps protect children in your community?

One of the country’s most high profile protectors of children is searching for the nation’s unsung heroes when it comes to keeping youngsters out of harm’s way.

The Children’s Air Ambulance has launched a national award scheme to recognise ordinary people who protect children in their daily lives, and is appealing to the people of Northamptonshire to vote.

The Protectors of Children Awards are open to anyone, and rather than praising individual acts of bravery, seek to recognise those whose profession means they act as disguised bodyguards to children on a daily basis – be it lollipop men, classroom assistants, dinner ladies, bus drivers, midwives or lifeguards.

Following national nominations, a shortlist of entrants will be chosen by a panel of representatives from The Children’s Air Ambulance, and will go online where people will be able to see their profiles and vote for a winner.

The three candidates with the most votes will be given an all-expenses paid overnight trip to London for two.

In celebration of their work as bodyguards, they will be whisked off to the West End for the charity’s spectacular gala performance of the new musical, The Bodyguard.

Kirsty Simpson of The Children’s Air Ambulance said: “We are very excited to be launching these awards which give the nation the opportunity to recognise and appreciate the efforts of those who make our children’s lives better and safer every day in our local communities, just as we aspire to do.

“We encourage as many people as possible to get involved and show the unsung heroes of the community how valuable they really are.”

The Children’s Air Ambulance will start transferring specialist medical teams to babies and children in urgent need of care this November, following less than a years’ worth of fundraising.

By early 2013 the charity will transport seriously ill children across the UK to specialist care units safely, quickly and comfortably, in order for them to receive the best care possible.

The charity receives no funding from the Government or the National Lottery.

If you would like to nominate someone for the Protectors of Children Awards, visit www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk/secretbodyguard or call 08454 130979.

Tickets for the gala performance of The Bodyguard will also be on sale to the public, with both standard and VIP packages available.

All proceeds will go to The Children’s Air Ambulance.