This year we are launching the very special Leo’s Awards. Set up to celebrate the families and staff who are on the neonatal journey in the North East of England.
Those who walk this path, be that the babies born too soon or too sick, the families that face trying times, the staff who support them, and more, in our eyes are incredible. We wanted those people to be recognised for their courage, their determination and their tenacity.
Our awards will be held at Crathorne Hall on September 19th 2019 – our first birthday, from 6:30pm – 11pm. Tickets can be purchased here.
Now, for the most important part, who will YOU nominate?
But, first, here’s our nomination criteria. All babies / children nominated must have been on a neonatal unit in the North East OR the family lives in the North East and they’ve had to be transferred to a hospital out of area. Families who have tragically lost a baby on a neonatal unit are included in all the work we do, if you feel someone you know who fits the criteria below, please nominate them too. All staff must work in paediatric services across the North East of England to be considered for shortlisting. The Leo’s board and a panel of external professionals and parents will shortlist the nominees which will then go to public vote.
Inspirational Youngster 0-2
This little one has defied the odds, shown tremendous courage when the odds have been stacked against them and pulled through. No matter what was thrown at them, they found the strength to keep going.
Inspirational youngster 3-6 – Sponsored by Future Steps Occupational Therapy Consultation
This little one has graduated from the NICU at a minimum of 3 years ago and is still affected by being born preterm or sick. They may have a diagnosis, or be waiting on one, but nothing stands in their way.
Inspirational Mum – Sponsored by Kalma Baby
This award recognises a mum who has weathered the neonatal journey, who stood strong in the face of heartache, and went above and beyond to support her family during their neonatal journey and / or into childhood.
This award recognises a dad who has weathered the neonatal journey, who stood strong in the face of heartache, and went above and beyond to support her family during their neonatal journey and / or into childhood.
This award recognises a grandparent who has gone above and beyond to support their son or daughter who had a baby in the neonatal unit.
This award recognises a sibling who has shown tremendous maturity and resilience since their baby brother or sister was born prematurely or too poorly.
Inspirational Family – Sponsored by Crathorne Hall Hotel
This award recognises a family who have gone through terrible heartache, but overcame all the odds with their little one or they may have turned their heartache in to a positive and used their experience to hep others.
Neonatal Nurse Of The Year
This nurse has gone above and beyond for not only the babies they care for, but the families too. Striving to improve care, giving as much support as possible wherever possible, and making a long-lasting difference to a family or families during the NICU.
Midwife Of The Year – Sponsored by Window To Womb
This midwife has made a significant difference to the family / families they have cared for who have had a premature baby or a baby who requires neonatal care. Perhaps she supported a family through the loss of their baby on the neonatal unit or played a big part in their pregnancy.
Paediatric Nurse of The Year
This nurse has gone above and beyond for not only the babies they care for, but the families too. Striving to improve care, giving as much support as possible wherever possible, and making a long-lasting difference to a family or families during their children’s ward, PICU or specialist paediatric stay / stays for neonatal families.
Doctor Of The Year
This doctor has gone above and beyond for not only the babies / children they care for, but the families too. Striving to improve care, giving as much support as possible wherever possible, and making a long-lasting difference to a family or families during their hospital stay whether that’s in maternity, neonatal or paediatric services.
The Leo’s Pride Award – Sponsored by CARRO Studio
Is there a hospital member of staff who has gone above and beyond to make your day? To make your stay that little bit better? From the coffee barista who noticed you every day and asked how you were, to the cleaner who reminded you what an amazing parent you are when they saw you struggling, from the doctor who sang to all his patients before an exam or the Allied Health Professional who stood by you through the dark days. This award is for those who made you feel you could make it to the next day with even the smallest of gestures.
The Leo Award – recognising excellence in bereavement care in neonates
Do you know a member of staff, charity, or organisation which has helped you through the loss of your baby? We want to celebrate those who make the hardest time in any parent’s life, that little bit better. We know how hard it is to lose your baby, and we also know the simplest of acts of kindness can make all the difference. Maybe you know someone who is implementing better care in their neonatal unit, or going above and beyond to help families who will sadly leave their neonatal unit without their little one.
Community Support Award – Sponsored by The Beth Fisher Academy
We know the neonatal journey doesn’t end at discharge, we want to celebrate those who continue to offer care and support in the community to neonatal families through services.