Tears flowed and emotions ran high as an army of inspirational youngsters were celebrated at the Sheffield Star Superkids Awards 2016.
Extraordinary stories of bravery, dedication and achievement from youngsters who have overcome adversity brought tears, smiles and celebrations in the audience at a glittering ceremony held at Outwood Academy City on Tuesday, December 6.
Awards were handed out in ten categories in total for children aged under 18 - all of which have gone over and above to stand out in their own communities.
In a moving ceremony, the packed audience heard stories about how a number of youngsters are bravely managing to keep a smile while battling serious illness - such as Bravery Award winner Lexi Kirk, who is suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
Other tales that tugged at the heart strings included that of Family Award winner Jenson Lomas, who has been staying strong for his mum, dad and sister while his mum undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
Councillor Denise Fox, lord mayor of Sheffield, and Nancy Fielder, editor of The Star, both made speeches congratulating the winners and special recognition recipients.
Awards host Andrew Truby said: “It is wonderful to see so many people here tonight for such a special event for young people in Sheffield.
“Congratulations to our winners and special recognition finalists, you should all be very proud.”
A number of attendees took to Twitter to voice their congratulations.
City Taxis said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and finalists! You’re all Superkids.”
Nancy Fielder said: “When things are tough take inspiration from our amazing #superkids2016. Tots battling cancer, caring for adults and triumphing over adversity.”
Razzamataz Sheffield tweeted: “Fantastic performance from our Juniors at #Superkids2016.”
As part of the evening guests were wowed by performances from the Razzamataz Sheffield performing arts school and youngsters from Outwood Academy City.
Tesco was given a special mention for providing sweets in a sweet jar that the kids loved.
In addition a raffle raised £394.10 for the Children’s Hospital Charity. This was matched by Graham Royle, meaning they will receive a total of £788.20.