The successes of Doncaster’s children and teenagers in care were celebrated in an Oscars-style evening at the Keepmoat Stadium, hosted by Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.
Personal achievement awards were presented by local hero Ben Parkinson MBE. Ben has inspired thousands of people with his strength in overcoming the severe injuries he suffered in the Afghan conflict.
The Trust in partnership with Doncaster Council holds the Celebrating Success Awards each year to encourage and inspire young people who live with its foster carers or in its children’s homes. Awards are also presented to a number of care leavers who can live independently from the age of 16 but still receive support from the Trust.
This year’s winners included young people who had made outstanding progress in education, sports, drama and music.
Chief Executive of the Trust, Paul Moffat, said: “I’ve heard many examples of courage, determination and kindness tonight which are a massive credit to our children and young people. I also want to thank our outstanding Doncaster foster carers and our staff who do so much to help children to reach their full potential.”
Ben Parkinson added: “It’s amazing to see these children achieving so much. I was very lucky to have 22 years with no problems in my life. These children have had to start much younger and they make me very, very proud.”
Award winner Amy Hodgetts, 17, is pictured being presented with her certificate by Ben Parkinson and congratulated by Chair of Doncaster Children’s Trust Colin Hilton (left) and Chief Executive Paul Moffat.
The Trust welcomes enquiries about foster caring from people aged 21 and over who have room in their homes and hearts to look after one or more children. For details contact 0808 129 2600.