Woman’s Own staff visited Downing Street this week as the magazine celebrated 30 years of its Children of Courage Awards.
The awards are given to children who have showed determination or extraordinary strength of character for their heroism in the face of danger, illness or adversity. Nominations have been flooding into the magazine all year and the stories are the subject of an eight-page feature spread at the centre of this week’s issue.
Editor Elsa McAlonan said this year’s nominations were so outstanding that three extra awards had been added because the panel could not decide on a winner. The panel consists of GMTV presenters Lorraine Kelly and Fiona Phillips, actor Anthony Andrews and members of the Woman’s Own team.
The two-day event included a visit to No10 on Wednesday, where staff from the magazine took the children to meet the Blairs, followed by a carol service at Westminster Abbey, which was filmed by GMTV.
McAlonan said: “It is something the magazine has done quietly for years. It is really humbling and it puts everything else into perspective. It’s easy in this job to lose touch with reality and it does make you think.”
Stars from EastEnders, Coronation Street, Holby City and The Bill and Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell were among those expected to attend.
By Ruth Addicott