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Superhero Awards 2010

22nd February 2010

Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Actually, it was the Superhero Awards 2010 which took place from 4 - 7pm, in Bedford, on Friday 19th February. The heart-warming event was set up to congratulate children and young people, in the care of Bedford Borough Council, for their strength of character to do well in the face of adversity.
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Bedford Borough Council hosted the Awards Ceremony, which was opened by members of the RAW (Rights and Wrongs) Group and introduced by Chris Hilliard, Executive Director for Children's Services, Schools and Families. He invited exceptional children and young people along with their parents and carers, who packed the Council Chamber, to sit back and enjoy a late afternoon with a difference.

Those nominated for awards had been recognised for their personal achievements over the last 12 months - 75 nominations had been received. Their social workers had been impressed with a number of attributes such as: outstanding educational achievements, their support for communities, good progress with independent living and 100% attendance at school.

The Superhero theme was developed by members of the RAW (Rights and Wrongs) group made up of young people from social care.

Awards were presented to children and young people by a character that looked suspiciously like 'Neo' from The Matrix.

There were a number of performances during the evening including a Streetdance routine to begin proceedings, followed by the  Urban Funki Munki's who took to the floor to impress the audience with a creative display of dance. Peoples' attention was later drawn towards centre stage, as a screen played out a rap video with an anti-knife crime message. The production outlined that it is the responsibility of children, young people and parents to sit up and take notice - thought provoking messages played out on screen as the video drew to a close.

Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children's Services said: "I am privileged to have been invited to play a part in this afternoon’s celebrations. The Council works very hard to ensure that equal opportunities for leading happy, healthy and safe lives are available to all children in the Borough. Those winning awards this afternoon have managed to achieve great things in areas of education, social interaction, and role model behaviour.”

In the closing moments of the event, there was a talented performance by one young person who sang a version of ‘No Broken-Hearted Girl’ to her captivated audience, not surprisingly she received a standing ovation.

At the ‘after show’ party, a dance floor and refreshments had been arranged, so that the children and young people could let their hair down!

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