A mother from West Yorkshire is behind a new medal for children whose parents have served in Afghanistan.
The awards have been handed out for the first time and the miniature medal is designed to recognise the sacrifices families make while loved ones are on the frontline.
Dawn McLeish from Denby Dale, who came up with the idea, said:
"I looked at my own children and saw what a hard time they were having without their dad.They missed him so much and weren't really able to understand why he wasn't there.
"They have to be strong and brave to be able to cope with something like that at such a young age. I found myself saying 'they deserve a medal' and then I thought why not given them one."
41 children were presented with the medals, which have the slogan "Daddy's Hero", at a ceremony in Germany.
Paratrooper Martin Bell ignored an order to stay in his position at Afghanistan's Helmand province so that he could give his wounded colleague first aid. While Private Bell saved the man's life, he was killed by a Taliban bomb. His mother was given his George Medal in London this morning.
The family of a West Yorkshire soldier who died while saving the life of one his colleagues will receive his posthumous George Cross. Private Martin Bell of Bradford died in an explosion in Afghanistan last year. His family will receive the medal at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.