Newcastle’s injured center-back Mike Williamson was the guest of honor at the Bravehearts of the North East awards ceremony yesterday at St. James’ Park.
Mike Williamson with one of the brave young souls
More than 30 children attended St. James’ Park yesterday to be presented with bravery awards by Mike Williamson and BBC Look North’s Carol Malia.
The youngsters have battled against some serious illnesses over the last few years, and have rightly been rewarded for the tremendous courage they have shown.
Unless you are in their shoes, it’s really difficult to fully appreciate just how courageous these children have been, and it’s so heart warming.
Mike is a top professional at the club, and was a good choice to represent the Newcastle club, and this is what he said after the ceremonies, which took place in the Bamburgh Suite:
“It was really uplifting for me to be here this afternoon,”
“I’ve got a bit of a sore ankle but what these children have gone through, and will continue to go through, is something else.
“Their bravery astounded me and made me feel very humble. Each and every one of them was a hero in my eyes and I wish them all the very best for the future.”
Dave Hodgkins is the Chairman of the Bravehearts committee and he had this to say:
“It was a tremendous afternoon for all the children, made even more memorable by Mike being in attendance.”
“He was terrific with the children and brought a smile to all their faces.”
“We are very grateful for Newcastle United’s support of this event and wish them well for the remainder of the season.”
It’s just great to see Newcastle doing good things like this in the community, and it’s exactly the role they should be playing.
My heart goes out to all these children in their difficulties and challenges, and they show more courage than some of us can ever muster, and that’s only one reason they are so inspiring.
God bless them all.