EACH category saw the judging panel left with an extremely tough decision.

However, when it came to the Little Champion of the Year Award, picking a winner from the four finalists was impossible.

In the end, each of Annalise Kelly, Bodhi Watson, Flora Gentleman and Ruaridh Muir were rewarded for their incredible efforts and each received a trophy.

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Kind-hearted Bodhi collected £285 for the North Berwick Kindness Co-operative, which supports people in the area struggling financially, by selling his baby toys!

The five-year-old admitted it was hard to part with some of his toys but that it felt “good” to do it for a good cause.

Bodhi’s mum Wendy told the Courier: “It was all Bodhi’s idea; he wanted to help people that didn’t have enough money to buy these sorts of things.

“He came to me and said that’s what he wanted to do. He wanted to help other people and to sell his toys to do that.

“I’m really proud of him. He’s so kind and we’re so grateful we have such a wonderful son who can think of other people.”

Annalise, from Prestonpans, decided to cut off much of her hair and donate it to the Little Princess Trust, a charity which provides real-hair wigs to children and young people who have lost their hair through cancer or other illnesses.

The youngster donated in 2021 but this time went further, with 12 inches of hair cut off. She also raised more than £1,250 for the charity.

Speaking after the awards she said: “In 2021 I chopped off my hair, but this year when I decided to chop off my hair again I saw a fundraising pack so I decided to fundraise.”

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When asked if she was due another haircut soon, the kind-hearted youngster replied emphatically with “yes!”

Ruaridh Muir, from Aberlady, pulled on his running shoes earlier this year for a gruelling challenge.

He ran a mile every hour for 24 hours to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland, after being inspired by his grandmother, who has the disease.

An exhausting effort saw the P7 pupil raise more than £5,000 for the good cause.

His mum, Lucy, felt it was a wonderful occasion, saying: “We are so proud of him.

“It just had not really registered with him what a huge thing he had done.

“When he was sat there, looking at the screen and seeing it presented up there the things that he did, I think he realised a bit how special it was what he had done.

“He just did not really think he had done anything that huge and we kept having to say it is amazing. He cannot understand how proud we are of him.”

Flora Gentleman, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when she was just two years old, was unable to attend the ceremony.

The youngster, now five, has undergone extensive treatments with “unwavering courage”.

Her cancer – neuroblastoma, which affects children, mostly under the age of five – returned last year, necessitating further treatment.

Flora Gentleman with her awardFlora Gentleman with her award

Speaking the day after the ceremony, her mum, Stephanie, told the Courier: “It is really lovely for Flora to be recognised in that way by people in the community.

“We did not even know she was nominated so to get the call was such a nice feeling.”