The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Children's Hospital 'Flying High' at the Kite Awards!

7 November 2023

On Friday 3 November colleagues from across Leeds Children's Hospital came together to celebrate The Kite Awards - our annual staff recognition event that has been on-hold since 2019 because of the pandemic.

At a fabulous event in Headingley we celebrated excellence in innovation, teamwork and compassion demonstrated by teams and individuals from all departments and specialities across the hospital.

Award winners were nominated by colleagues and the awards were presented on the night by Colin Holton (Clinical Director) and Laura Whelan (Head of Nursing). Suzanne Abrahams (General Manager), Clare Smith (LTHT Chief Operating Officer) and Chris Schofield (Deputy Chair of LTHT) were also there to lead the celebrations.

This year's Kite Awards were sponsored by Leeds Hospitals Charity and charity Chief Executive Esther Wakeman introduced a brand new award - Funded Project of the Year.

We're delighted to announce our Kite Award winners:

Flying High Award – Katie Davis (Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist)

Recognising her leading role in the botulinum service and championing the broadening scope of physiotherapists.

Winner Katie Davis Flying High Award



Keeping Patients Safe Award – Abigail Kiely (Advanced Clinical Practitioner)

Recognising a broad contribution to patient safety through a variety of initiatives and innovations such as Healthy at Home and Virtual Ward.Winner Abigail Kiely Keeping Patients Safe Award


Delivering the Best Award – Virginia Marsden (Cardiac Scheduler)

Recognising consistent high standards and always going the extra mile for patients.


Outstanding Contribution Award – Sarah Fletcher (Matron)

Recognising a tireless contribution to patient care, always putting patients first whilst supporting and empowering colleagues.Winner Sarah Fletcher Outstanding Contribution Award



Leading the Way Award – Haemodialysis Team

Recognising their contribution to improvements in patient experience, keeping patients at their local centre.Winner Haemodialysis Team Leading the Way Award


Innovation of the Year – DinkyBetes Team

Recognising a new, patient-focussed approach for the service’s youngest patients, enabling higher quality consultations, increased education and a more fun hospital experience!Winner DinkyBetes Team Innovation of the Year Award


Funded Project of the Year – Virtual Reality Play Team

Recognising trail-blazing work in the field of virtual reality distraction therapy including contributions to research and national projects.Winner Virtual Reality Distraction Therapy Play Team Funded Project of the Year Award


Team of the Year – Leeds Inpatient Outreach Nursing Service (LIONS)

Recognising the establishment of a brand new service and impact across the hospital in the first year of operation.Winner LIONS Team Team of the Year




Congratulations to all our winners, all our 'highly commended' award recipients and everyone who was nominated for an award. Thank you to everyone who attended the event on Friday including colleagues from across Leeds Teaching Hospitals and friends from our supporting charities: Candlelighters, Children's Heart Surgery Fund and The Millie Wright Children's Charity.

A very proud night for Leeds Children's Hospital and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.