Young people’s time to shine – Talented, courageous and inspirational young Islanders were recognised in the fourth annual Child of Wight Awards last month.
Winners picked up trophies in 11 different categories at the event, organised by Isle of Wight Radio with headline sponsors Wightfibre.
The winner of the overall Child of the Year Award, sponsored by Wightfibre, went to Leah Ounsworth, who has supported multiple family members. Leah’s father, mother, brother and grandmother have all needed some level of care over Leah’s lifetime – and the 13 year old has provided invaluable support to them all. She was described by her mother as the family’s ‘earth angel’.
Among the other winners was Jaden Humphreys, who was recognised for the love and care he gives to his mum, who suffers from epilepsy. Jaden has supported his mum through daily seizures and countless brain surgeries – and has saved her life on multiple occasions. Despite the challenges he faces, Jaden has achieved highly in sport, particularly in football. He was awarded the Young Carer Award, which was presented by sponsors Fidelity International.
The winner of the Best Friend Award was nominated by the mother of ten-year-old Jay, who has cystic fibrosis. Reuben White, also ten, was described as a truly special friend, who looks out for his mate at school and in the playground.
“What an amazing evening! It just gets better and better.”
– John Irvine, CEO of Wightfibre
“He gives up break time and lunch time if Jay is not well enough to go outside, instead choosing to be by his friend’s side,” said Jay’s mum. “He even tailors activities to make sure Jay can take
part.”The award was presented by Derek Curtis from Amazon World.
The event was hosted by Isle of Wight Radio’s Georgie Carter and Paul Topping, who said: “This is always such a special night. I know I speak for the whole team at Isle of Wight Radio when I say how proud we are to be surrounded by so many amazing young people.”
John Irvine, CEO of Wightfibre, said: “What an amazing evening! It just gets better and better. I found this year particularly difficult – some of the stories are heart-wrenching. Leah, like all the winners here, is a great exemplar for young people on the Isle of Wight.
“Wighfibre has as our company motto “because we care”. It’s not just a motto. It’s what we truly believe in. Getting involved in an event like this lets us demonstrate that and lets us give a little bit back to the Island.”