Child of the Year
Jersey Development Company
THIS award is to reward those under the age of 17 who rarely receive the recognition they deserve. Young people often attract the wrong kind of attention and scrutiny but there are some amazing children in our community whose efforts and commitment would put most adults to shame.
Those nominated could have battled against serious illness, without letting it get in the way of their daily routine, or they may have been an inspiration to others by dedicating time and effort to helping people. Alternatively, they could be a leading light in their sport or hobby, gaining recognition for their efforts and putting Jersey on the map, or simply excelling at every level.
Children are our future, and this award will help us to celebrate them.
Last year's winner was Jake Hutchings. It was a perfect night for the Hutchings family – as young Jake won Child of the Year while his parents were crowned Neighbours of the Year. Tragedy struck the family in 2018 when Jake’s sister, Izzy, who suffered from Pearson syndrome, died on Christmas Eve. During their five years as brother and sister, Jake would do all sorts of things for Izzy, such as helping her get out of bed, get dressed, help steady her on the stairs, fetch her shoes and anything else she might need. Even during the night he would be a constant source of support for his sister and call out to his parents if he thought something was wrong. Since Izzy passed away, Jake has been a constant source of comfort to his parents with his wonderful upbeat nature, which he has retained through this devastating time.