Hundreds of Lambeth looked after children and young people have been celebrated for their achievements at the annual Reach for the Stars event.
The event, which rewards looked after children for their achievements in sport, education, lifestyle and outstanding achievement, took place at the Park Plaza Hotel on March 3. More than 300 people attended, including 150 children and young people.
Pop star Leona Lewis sent a video message to the event, which was hosted by children’s TV presenter Andy Akinwolere, praising the children and young people for their personal successes.
Councillor Peter Robbins, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I want to congratulate everyone who won an award. The children and young people who were celebrated have achieved something personal to them, and it was our opportunity to say well done and give them a fun night out. Many of these children have faced personal difficulties in their lives, so their achievements are even more outstanding given that background.”
Children were nominated for awards by their social workers or leaving care personal advisors.
Entertainment was provided by the singer Kyla, and our talented young people who sang, read poems, danced and even gave motivational speeches to inspire their peers.
Guests included Lambeth Youth Mayor David Oyedele, Lambeth’s Mayor Cllr Christiana Valcarcel, Lambeth Council chief executive Derrick Anderson, and Leader of Lambeth Council, Cllr Steve Reed.
The cost of the event was met through sponsorship. Sponsors include Veolia, Foster Care Associates, Sunbeam Fostering, Children of all Nations and Families for Children Fostering Agencies.