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Kingston celebrates young achievers

Youngsters looked after by Kingston Council have been rewarded for educational and other achievements at a special celebration.

More than 40 children and young people aged seven to 24 who are either in or recently left the council’s care attended an awards ceremony.

Awards were presented for good results and contributions at school and college as well as for sports, attitude and behaviour, and creative arts.

Sophina Rylance, aged 19, a member of the Kingston Cared for and Fostered Council, received a Special Recognition Award. Sophina started university this September after volunteering all summer with Kingston Youth Support Service.

Others were recognised for achievements including degrees, college grades, securing full-time jobs and positive changes to their lives.

As well as the awards ceremony, the group enjoyed entertainment including a magic show, music, a barbecue and a free afternoon at Chessington World of Adventures.

“It is great to see so many young people excelling and doing good work in their community despite their circumstances. The number of awards and nominations highlights the commitment and effectiveness of the support networks in place in Kingston.”

Francis Taylor from the Kingston Youth Support Service who organised the event

“I was honoured to meet these young people and to celebrate their success. I’m very proud of these young people and I’m proud of all the support that Kingston, especially our fantastic foster carers, offers to help them achieve the best they can and to build on their successes.”

Councillor Margaret Thompson, Kingston Council’s Lead Member for Children’s Health and Wellbeing