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Inspirational night at Celebration of Achievement

by Gemma Melling

A truly inspirational night was had by all at Knowsley’s Children’s Social Care Annual Celebration of Achievement Awards held at The Venue, Huyton, last week.

The event shone a spotlight on the successes of Knowsley’s looked after children and care leavers, handing out awards recognising areas including education, personal achievement, sports and leisure.

There was also a new award for 2018, The Rita Clarke Special Recognition Award which was created in memory of Rita who was a much loved and respected Family Support Worker who worked for Knowsley Children’s Social Care for over 30 years and sadly died earlier this year. Rita’s son David presented the award to a young person on the evening who had completed a three peaks challenge in order to raise money for their school.

In addition, young people who took part in the national care leavers’ football tournament were also rewarded with special achievement awards.

Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children Services said: “The Celebration of Achievement event is always eagerly anticipated and a truly inspirational night.

“It provides us with the perfect opportunity to recognise and celebrate the incredible achievements of our children and young people, whether that is for success in school, in leisure activities or for making a difference to the lives of others. The musical and dance performances were outstanding, and it makes me incredibly proud to see so many of our children and young people working so hard in order to reach their full potential.”

Along with a delicious chocolate fountain and comical photo booth, children (and adults) were also entertained throughout the awards ceremony with both musical and dance performances from Britain’s Got Talent’s ‘The Mersey Girls’ along with an inspirational speech from Rob Pope, who is nicknamed ‘the real Forrest Gump’ after completing an enormous journey, running across the USA to raise money and awareness for Peace Direct and World Wildlife Fund.

Congratulations to all the children and young people who were nominated.

Support from local businesses

This year’s Celebration of Achievement was able to provide gifts and vouchers for award winners thanks to the kind support of three local businesses.

Citrus Electrical, Foztek Ltd and Sterling Services Ltd all contributed generously towards the cause to make sure the young people had an evening to remember.