PRESTON Winterman is a very special little boy - and last year he got the recognition he deserved when he was granted the Superkids Special Award, writes Ben Spencer.
The four-year-old from Doncaster suffers a rare heart condition and has undergone treatments, assessments and several bouts of surgery since birth.
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Beverley Lister, from the Sincere Support charity, nominated Preston when she heard about the Superkids awards.
She encouraged anyone who knows an inspiring child to do the same.
“These awards gives families such a boost - it is a real breath of fresh air for them,” she said.
“We were overwhelmed when Preston won last year. You couldn’t think of a more deserving winner.
“His family had gone through such heartache and he had struggled so much. He is doing well now, although he was in hospital recently.”
Judges were touched by Preston’s infectious personality - whether he was wrestling his brothers or playing football.
Young carer Briony Nutt smashed the stereotype of a moody, uncooperative teenager when she scooped last year’s Supporting The Family Award.
The 14-year-old from Moorgate, Rotherham, supported her loved ones through some tough times, helping mum Mandy care full-time for her dad Mark, 36, who suffered from depression and a bad back.
Rarely getting a minute to herself, Briony helped with all the cooking, cleaning, washing, and everyday tasks around the house.
And judges heard that when her mum wasn’t around, the selfless teenager also cared for her brother Ryan, 12.
They were impressed that Briony did it all with a smile on her face - and wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’m shocked,” she told The Star after receiving the award last year. “I’ve never won an award in my life.”
Brave Sophie Woodcock was awarded the Triumph Over Adversity Award for thriving despite several years of heartache.
The 15-year-old from Stannington lost her mum Stephanie to cancer in 2007 - and in a further devastating blow two years later she too was diagnosed with cancer.
But she refused to let it get to her and continued to support other ill children at her school Myers Grove.
Sophie’s grandmother Barbara Johnson said the experience had been a “terrible blow” for the teenager, but she was “very proud” of the way she had handled it.
Teachers described her as “a true inspiration” who remained “a feisty, spirited girl” with a “twinkle in her eye”.
Creative and colourful Hollie Kitchen, 15, won the Art and Design Award after her art teacher contacted The Star.
The All Saints pupil impressed judges with her passion for her craft and ability to express her individuality.