Education bodies throughout the City region will be gathering this week to celebrate the achievements of local schools – while raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust’s Alder Hey unit.
With a huge number of submissions from different schools across Merseyside, competition for the Educate Awards has once again been tough, but schools have been shortlisted in time for the awards night on 28 November at the Anglican Cathedral, which will be attended by nearly 300 guests.
The categories, which celebrate all areas of learning, range from Eco School Project of the year, to a WOW Recognition Award that is open to any school that believes they have achieved an outstanding success in the last year.
Educate Magazine has enlisted a panel of experts, including Chris Walker, regional managing editor of Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales, Lesley Martin-Wright, chief executive at Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Mark Beedles, director of Connex Education, and Lisa Murphy, Head of Initial Teacher Education at London South Bank University.
The partnership between the awards and the Teenage Cancer Trust is an obvious allegiance, with executive editor of Educate Kim O’Brien saying “We believe the awards are a great opportunity to celebrate and support exceptional projects, staff and children throughout Merseyside, of which there are many. But furthermore, the awards provide a platform to promote hugely important, relevant issues, such as teenage cancer, which affected around 100 young people in Merseyside and Cheshire last year alone, and the amazing Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Alder Hey Hospital, which provides support and care to so many families during their time of need.”
Sian Day, regional fundraiser for the North West went on to say “Teenage Cancer Trust builds and funds specialist units in NHS hospitals, like the one at Alder Hey in Liverpool, so that young people can be treated alongside others their own age in an environment designed just for them. We need to raise over £380,000 a year to continue to run our services in the region, and we are reliant on voluntary donations to do so.
“As such, we are so excited about our involvement with the Educate Awards, which provides us with a great opportunity to talk about the work that we do whilst celebrating the achievements of young people across the region.”