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School nurse recognised at WellChild awards

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The winners of the 2015 WellChild awards with Prin The winners of the 2015 WellChild awards with Prince Harry

A senior children's nurse from Wigan, has won an award from children's charity WellChild for her work with school children.

Gillian Jones received the WellChild Nurses award at 2015 WellChild Awards ceremony in London on 5 October. She received the award for her role which involves caring for children with complex medical needs at the Hope Special School, as well as liaising with GPs and consultants, and providing support to the parents of the children.

Speaking at the ceremony, Prince Harry, the charity's patron, said: ‘All of us together can make a real, real difference for children and young people just like those we have seen on the stage this evening. It is such a privilege to be Patron of this charity, a charity that has achieved so much and yet is working harder than ever to make life better for more and more young people.’

Other recipients of WellChild awards included Dr Andrew Williams, consultant community paediatrician at Northampton General Hospital, and Janet Concannon, health play specialist at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Colin Dyer, WellChild’s chief executive, said: ‘The awards are a perfect demonstration of WellChild’s commitment to helping as many seriously ill children, young people and their families as we can. They embody our aim of raising awareness of the needs of this group of children who are too often overlooked.’

The WellChild awards were created to recognise the contributions of healthcare professionals who work to support and treat seriously ill children and their families. The awards also recognise the courage of children who live with life-limiting illnesses and complex conditions.

WellChild is a charity dedicated to providing support for seriously ill children and their families.

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