• One of our 2013 Award Winners and his pals

    One of our 2013 Award Winners and his pals

  • A lucky fan getting Mike Williamson's autograph at the 2012 Awards

    A lucky fan getting Mike Williamson's autograph at the 2012 Awards

  • BBC's Carol Malia presenting two brave youngsters with their Awards

    BBC's Carol Malia presenting two brave youngsters with their Awards


The Braveheart Award

Awards are made to children who have shown incredible courage battling to overcome illness, handicap, or other adversities.

All have received the holiday of a lifetime, the toy or computer of their dreams for example, but it is perhaps the Braveheart Crystal, recognising they are indeed special children, which they value most.

Every year numerous Awards are made to our nominees. One of the striking features of all the children Brave Hearts has helped, is the fact that each of them sees nothing remarkable about their struggle to overcome adversity.... because for each "Brave Heart", it is simply a part of their everyday life.

As a final tribute … many of the children recognized by Bravehearts were so ill that they have not survived their illnesses, including Joanne herself, who died in 1993.

The video below shows our Patron Mark Knopfler presenting one of our nominees Bradley Downes with his well deserved Braveheart Award, backstage at his 2008 World Tour concert.