Honourable Heroes 2021 Thank you to all those who submitted a nomination for this year's Honourable Hero awards. Nominations have now closed, and we will be contacting those who have been shortlisted very soon. Winners will be announced at our virtual event on Sunday 23rd May. Our annual 100 Heroes event, which takes place in May, is a fantastic celebration of some of our phenomenal supporters. These champions have truly gone above and beyond for our hospital, from conquering extreme challenges, to organising charity concerts, and just generally being fantastic advocates of our charity. We think it’s worth celebrating them and plan to honour them at a special event to show our gratitude. We also hand out some extra-special awards on the day, and this is where we need your help. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for the fantastic support and contribution to our charity, you can nominate them for one of our four special Honourable Heroes Awards: Young Fundraiser of the Year: Any fundraiser under the age of 16, who has shown enthusiasm, dedication and determination to make a significant contribution to our hospital and patients. Volunteer of the Year: This award is for the selfless people who give us their time and expect nothing in return. Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising: This category is for a fundraiser who has made it their mission to support our charity and had a significant impact on our hospital. Superstar Fundraiser: This award is to recognise someone who can’t give enough to our charity, who shouts about us at every opportunity, and who we’d be lost without. They give up their time to promote us on social media and to their networks to help us reach new audiences. If this sounds like anyone you know, then please help us to honour them by nominating them for one of our awards. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday 24 March. Here are our winners from last year Young Fundraiser: Nate Pakeman Nine-year-old Nate Pakeman decided to fundraise for us after his late-friend Tobi was treated at our hospital. Taking on 12 mega fundraisers over the course of 12 months, Nate climbed Mount Snowdon, took on a Bear Grylls-style challenge and even a 24-hour silence, to name a few. He has also been a vocal ambassador for us amongst his friends, family and local community, and has even had his endeavours covered in his local media. In total, Nate raised over an incredible £9,000 for us in memory of Tobi. Volunteer of the Year: Danyal Perager and Alan Partridge For the past eight years, firemen Dan and Alan have been huge supporters and invaluable ambassadors of ours. Not only have they represented us at a range of different events and ceremonies, talking about our impact, they have also been active fundraisers, organizing a hugely successful annual charity ball. Over the years, the duo has raised over an incredible £29,600 for us. For the past few years, they have also built and hosted Santa’s Grotto at the front of our hospital for our patients and families to enjoy. Superstar Award: Sikh Channel The team from The Sikh Channel have really helped to spread the message of our hospital’s important work to thousands of viewers worldwide. Not only has the channel invited us to chat about our work live on air, but they also chose to support us as part of their Saka Sirhind festivities. They filmed a special feature at our hospital to encourage their viewers to donate to us, and that they did, raising nearly £3,500. The team has committed to keep the partnership going and has also pledged to support our sister charity, Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity. Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising: Neil Taylor Twelve years ago, Neil’s daughter, Kiahna, received life-saving heart surgery at our hospital and ever since, Neil has been on a mission to help us do more for the sick kids in our hospital’s care. Over the past 11 years, Neil has raised an incredible £138,000 by taking on a number of challenges, including marathons in London, Paris and New York, cycles from London to Paris and John O’Groats to Lands’ End, and even scaling Mount Everest and Mount Kilimanjaro. If that wasn’t enough adrenaline, Neil has also signed up to take on an epic trek across the Andes, too.