The St. James's Place Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards began in 2011 and have grown significantly year on year by inspiring the people of Yorkshire to recognise their brave and courageous children. Some of those children have been born with challenging conditions, have raised money for charity or have shown exceptional strength and support for a family member or friend. Ascensor have been supportingYorkshire Children of Courage awards since it began; being a Yorkshire based firm this is a cause very close to our hearts.

Awards are held annually to celebrate these inspirational children and what they have achieved during the last 12 months. Each year sees more and more visitors to the event and in 2015 750 people attended. All the funds raised go to the St James’ Place Foundation.

The Specific Requirements

We built the original Yorkshire Children of Courage website 5 years ago however it had no content management functionality and was not mobile friendly. This meant that each year all updates had to be performed by Ascensor, including listing new nominees, sponsors and of course the winners. The new website has been built using the WordPress CMS for ease of content changes, almost every aspect is content manageable for full flexibility for the team. The site had to be built in a very short space of time and Ascensor subsidised 50% of the build costs to ensure that the charity reaps the most benefit. We have also committed to taking a table at the awards for the next five years, it is a great event to entertain our clients and always proves to be a very emotional night.

The Website Build

For the 2016 awards we were asked to build a new website to facilitate mobile accessibility. The new website is not only responsive on any device but it also allows event tickets to be purchased using our integration of the Stripe payment system. Nominating one or several young people can be done quickly and easily via the new website. Other features include video integration and now that the full site can be managed by the events team, all future events can be added and updated with minimal intervention from Ascensor.

What’s Next:

Both Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards and Ascensor are looking forward to the annual event on 14th October 2016. It’s always a wonderful evening and its growth and popularity in recent years has meant a wide array of celebrity and special guests attend. The best part of the evening is meeting the wonderful children who are nominated and sharing in the charitable donations that are given to help the foundation, which then allocates the money to other charities across our region.

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What Yorkshire Children of Courage said

This was a super smooth development project. The design team proposed a design solution that is contemporary, on brand and colourful - we are delighted with it! The build process was on track throughout - we had to hit a deadline of end April so that when we held the Awards launch party on 5th May people could go straight onto the site and nominate an individual or take part in the Group vote. The team at Ascensor were exceptionally helpful thought out - keeping us informed if they needed additional content providing. Part of the process involved a training session on the CMS which was also expertly handled. Looking forward to working with Ascensor again on other projects.

Rosemary Hepburn, responsible for marketing, PR and sponsor relations

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