by Lisa McGarry

The NEWS OF THE WORLD CHILDREN’S CHAMPIONS AWARDS celebrate those people who go further than anyone else to make a positive difference in the lives of children. Supported by Barnardo’s children’s charity, and the Royal Mail, The News of the World will be hosting this special annual awards ceremony in London, and the event will be televised exclusively for Sky1 HD and Sky1 on Wednesday 10th March at 8pm on Sky1 HD and Sky1. The awards will be hosted by Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans.

Chris Evans commented: “My life is full of positive experiences these days, Children’s Champions will be another. I know it will be a special night and I might need a box of Kleenex in the wings – stories like this move me easily.”

Amanda Holden added: “Children are at the heart of all our hopes, and people who devote their lives to them deserve every bit of our praise.”

A celebrity panel of judges including Sarah Brown, Emma Bunton, Peter Andre, Dame Kelly Holmes, Jayne Torvill, Christopher Dean, Christine Bleakley and Angela Griffin have chosen the winners from nominations made by members of the public. From a brilliant teacher to a school dinner lady, a life-saving doctor to a nurse or hospital cleaner, a member of the emergency services, or a fabulous foster mum, this is a wonderful opportunity for all the unsung heroes across the country to be recognised.

Sarah Brown, charity champion and wife of Prime Minister Gordon Brown commented: “Children’s Champions is a very special event – and all those who are nominated are extraordinary people. The adversity they face brings tears to your eyes – and their triumphs make you want to cheer out loud. I’ve been privileged to be a judge for these Awards for the past two years. Choosing is never easy, but meeting the winners is a delight. I’m looking forward to it immensely.”

Peter Andre added: “I’m very excited and very proud to be part of these awards. What I like best about Children’s Champions is everything about it is positive, every nominee has done something incredible. As a father it means the world to me that there are people out there devoting their lives to making this country a better place for kids.”

The awards are divided into a number of different categories including The 999 Award, The Schools Award, The Medical Award and The Children’s Award. Winners will be invited to attend the awards and spend a VIP day in London that will include a visit to Number 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah. Each winner will also receive £5,000 and the overall winner – Britain’s ultimate Children’s Champion – will receive £10,000