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Children in Care Awards

CHILDREN IN CARE AWARDS CEREMONY 2013

Borough Hall was unusually glamorous last week as it hosted the 'Children in Care' Awards. As this year, the children chose a James Bond theme to mark the occasion.

 

As this was a very special event, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz of Bedford were happy to support the children with their theme; doing all they could to help make it an unforgettable experience. Stunning cars were placed on-site for the young people to view upon their arrival.

 

85 children from across the borough, aged between 3 - 20 years old, all dressed to impress, in tuxedos or cocktail dresses, ready to receive recognition for their individual achievements in:

 

  • Educational attendance
  • Educational achievement
  • Out of school activities
  • Sport
  • Life Events
  • Settling well into a new placement
  • Creative Arts (Dance, Drama, Music)
  • Improved behaviour

 

Julie Rogers, who represented G.B in the Paralympics last year, awarded certificates to the young people, and posed for photographs alongside the winners. There were 50 Award Winners in total. 62 Carers, as well as Social Workers, Officers, Councillors, Bedford Borough Council’s Chief Executive, Members of the Senior Management Team, and Mayor, Dave Hodgson, were present to watch the award ceremony take place.

 

Prizes were also given to those who took part in a quiz, and one lucky winner won a genuine Daniel Craig signed photograph. Free ice-cream was also available, and music was supplied from a talented guitarist, and entertainment was provided by a magician.

 

Cllr Sue Oliver, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: "I was really impressed with the way in which everyone involved threw themselves into making this event such a success. There was a real sense of team spirit and people were very generous with their time and their sponsorship. Many children in care have had a tough life through no fault of their own and it is essential that we recognise and celebrate their determination to achieve against all odds. Having the 14-year-old Paralympian, Julie Rogers, presenting the awards was particularly fitting - she is a fantastic role model for the young people to look up to."

 

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: "These children are exceptionally brilliant: they have overcome real challenges in life and gone on to achieve great things. Recognising their achievements is important and these children will be able to continue to learn and grow and follow their dreams.”

 

On the day, all children received a certificate, a medal and a £10 voucher.

 

The Looked After Children team would also like to thank everyone for their donations and contributions to the awards, having raised a total amount of £1026.30 via their recent cake sale, which was also held at Borough Hall.

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