Place2Be's Royal Patron, attends Wellbeing in Schools Awards


This evening (Wednesday 19 November) HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Royal Patron of the children's mental health charity Place2Be, attended the inaugural Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards.

The winners of the Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards 2014 are:

  • SCHOOL COMMUNITY AWARD  supported by Garfield Weston Foundation: Highfield Community Primary School, Sunderland. Award accepted by Lucy Atkinson. Highfield School was presented with a cheque for £10,000 donated by Zurich Community Trust.
  • SCHOOL LEADER AWARD, sponsored by Derwent London: Simon Marshall, Head Teacher, Highfield Community Primary School, Sunderland.
  • SCHOOL STAFF MEMBER AWARD, sponsored by Butti Bin Khalifa: Ellie Francis, Class Teacher, KS1Leader, Maths Co-ordinator, Numeracy Lead (KS1), Trinity St Mary's Primary School, Balham, London. Award accepted by Christina Saulo.
  • SCHOOL-BASED CLINICIAN AWARD, sponsored by Moto2Be: Sara Loveday, School Project Manager, Stewards Academy, Harlow, Essex.
  • VOLUNTEER COUNSELLOR AWARD, sponsored by BT: Veronica McKenna, Trinity St Mary's primary School, Balham, London.
  • PARENT OR CARERS CHAMPION AWARD, sponsored by Coller Campbell: Hermoine Alvey, Cotsford Junior School, Horden, County Durham.
  • CHILD/YOUNG PERSON AWARD, sponsored by The Wheeler Family Charitable Trust: Bailey Dunne (11), Highfield Community Primary School, Sunderland.




A video of Prestonpans Infant School started the awards with their rendition of 'Stronger'


Courtesy of Fischy Music

Video of Bailey at Highfield Community Primary in Sunderland, winner of the Child/Young Person Champion Award



The Duchess presented the Child/Young Person Champion Award to 11 year old Bailey Dunne, a pupil at Highfield Community Primary School in Sunderland, in recognition of the exceptional contribution he has made to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their peers within the school community through his relationship with Place2Be.

Her Royal Highness also presented a special award to Benita Refson OBE, who founded Place2Be in 1984 and has been its President since January 2014.

The Awards, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, took place in the State Apartments of Kensington Palace when the winners in the seven award categories were announced in front of 160 guests, including the 20 finalists.

The Awards celebrate those often unsung heroes who make a real difference to the life of their school community through their commitment to children's emotional wellbeing.  Parents, grandparents, teachers and others who have seen the life-changing work of Place2Be for themselves, were asked to nominate their school leaders, teachers, support staff, parent and children champions, Place2Be staff and volunteer counsellors.  The applications submitted were of a very high standard and the finalists span the breadth of the UK.

The winners were chosen by an eminent judging panel  drawn from health, justice, academia and child welfare including the Children's Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson, clinical psychologist, journalist and broadcaster Professor Tanya Byron,  OFSTED lead inspector Wendy Simmons and  Bedford Police's Deputy Chief Commissioner, Jon Boutcher.

"We are greatly honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has attended the first-ever Place2Be Wellbeing in Schools Awards," says the charity's Chief Executive Catherine Roche. "The Duchess is committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children in the UK. Her support for Place2Be has helped to shine a spotlight on the need to tackle children's mental health at the earliest possible stage. These Awards give us the chance to thank and celebrate the achievements of our volunteers, our staff, head teachers, parents, and school colleagues and, of course, most importantly, the children and young people themselves."

Place2Be is the leading UK provider of school-based mental health services, providing early therapeutic intervention to help children and young people cope with issues such as bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been patron of Place2Be since 2013, reflecting her interest in child mental health and the importance of early intervention to provide children with in-school mental health services at the earliest stage possible, to tackle problems before they can escalate.

National Media

Daily Mail>>


The Times>>

Hello Magazine>>

E! Online>>

Local Media

BBC Radio Essex
Interview with Sara Loveday, Place2Be School Project Manager at Stewards Academy>> (starts at 24 minutes in)   

The Chronicle, Newcastle 
Sunderland teacher and student to meet the Duchess of Cambridge>> 

Glasgow Evening Times
Royal invite as city kids up for award>> 

Harlow Star
Stewards Academy project manager Sara Loveday to meet Duchess of Cambridge at Place2Be awards ceremony>>

Ealing Gazette
Duchess of Cambridge to attend children's mental health charity's awards ceremony in west London>>

Bolton News
Bacup school counsellor set to meet The Duchess of Cambridge>>

Lancaster Telegraph
Bacup school counsellor set to meet The Duchess of Cambridge>>

Sunderland Echo
Sunderland boy's date with Princess Kate>>


  • The stunning Murano glass Awards have been generously donated by Seguso.
  • Place2Be thanks Thistle Kensington Gardens Hotel, WPP and The Union along with all our other very generous supporters.
  • Twitter handles: @clarencehouse / @_Place2Be / #Place2BeAwards


 Supported by:

Garfield Weston

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