Amy Johnson picture from Hull History Centre
Amy Johnson, courtesy of Hull History Centre

Nominations deadline approaching for Hull bravery award – Amy Johnson Cup for Courage

The nomination deadline is approaching for an award which honours children in Hull who have shown exceptional bravery.

The Amy Johnson Cup for Courage was created in 1930, and first awarded a few years later.

It was the idea of the pioneering Hull-born pilot.

It was paid for from gold sovereigns presented to her by school children in Sydney after her historic flight from London to Australia in 1930, where she became the first woman to fly solo between the two countries.

Hull-born children aged 17 or younger are eligible to be nominated, where they have displayed courage of the highest order.

It is for single acts of bravery only, and cannot be won by anyone displaying stunts or reckless actions.

The winning child will receive a prize, and will also have their photograph taken with the original cup, which resides at The Guildhall.

Their actions are also recorded in a special roll of honour book, which is also kept at The Guildhall.

The Lord Mayor and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Kalvin Neal, said: “I’m very proud to be the chair of the Amy Johnson Cup for Courage board of trustees.

“She displayed such bravery herself during her pioneering aviation work in the 1930s.

“It was her wish that children in her home city that demonstrated great bravery in the face of adversity should be honoured.

“The terms of the Cup show that she wanted to recognise those who offered assistance to others and saved them from injury, rather than encouraging anything foolhardy.

“The Cup hasn’t always been awarded every year, and was last given out in 2012, so I’m keen to see nominations this year for courageous young people.”

The deadline for nominations is Thursday 29 February.

Eligible children must have been born in Hull.

Their single act of bravery must have occurred between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.

Their act does not necessarily need to have occurred within the city boundaries, though they must have resided in Hull at the time of its occurrence.

Entries should be sent to

For more information on the Amy Johnson Cup for Courage, visit The Amy Johnson Cup for Courage | Hull History Centre

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