Remarkable Janet is rewarded for exceptional contribution to sick children with national WellChild Award
Health Play Specialist Janet Concannon has been named as a
winner in the prestigious national 2015 WellChild Awards, in
association with GSK, and collected her prize at the London Hilton
Janet who is a Health Play Specialist at the Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital, was picked from hundreds of nominations from
across the UK to win the Special Recognition Award.
The awards celebrate the courage of children coping with serious
illnesses or complex conditions, and honour the dedication of
professionals who go the extra mile to help sick children and their
families. The Awards are run by WellChild, the national charity for
seriously ill children.
Janet was one of the stars of the show at the high profile
Awards ceremony, which was attended by WellChild's Royal Patron,
Prince Harry said:
"The stories we have heard tonight are moving beyond words. They
remind us of the utter insignificance of our everyday
worries. Yet, one of the things that always stands out is the
positivity shown by those in the most difficult and testing
circumstances. It is heartening to hear so many stories of
happiness and hope, even through the dark times."
Janet was nominated by 13 year old Brooke Taylor, one of the
young people she cares for in her role as Play Specialist at the
hospital. Brooke has a complex condition which has required many
operations at the hospital. She nominated Janet for the way she has
helped her, treating her as a teenager rather than a child, acting
as her voice to make her views known to other health professionals
and talking things through, understanding her fears. Janet always
takes her views into account and ensures she only has good
experiences at the hospital.
With hundreds of nominations received from across the country,
the difficult job of choosing winners in all WellChild Award
categories is given, each year, to an esteemed panel of judges.
That panel consists of leading health professionals and others with
an interest in children's health and includes children and young
people who face serious illness themselves.
WellChild's Director of Programmes, Linda Partridge, is also a
member of that panel. She said: "It is a tremendous challenge to
select winners from the many, many truly amazing nominations we
receive from all over the country. All the panel members are moved
by the bravery of the children, the stories of selfless care and
support and the dedication of the doctors, nurses, teachers,
brothers and sisters who make a great difference to the lives of
seriously ill children and young people. Janet truly deserves to be
the winner of this award.
"The Awards are a perfect demonstration of WellChild's
commitment to helping as many seriously ill children and their
families as we can and embody our aim of raising awareness of their