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Pride of Flintshire Awards 2015

Published: 09/07/2015

Over 100 looked-after children and care leavers attended a celebration event hosted by Flintshire County Council. The Pride of Flintshire awards celebrates the achievements of children in foster care and young people who have recently left care and are still being supported by the social work teams. Councillor Christine Jones, Cabinet member for Social Services said: Despite everything going on in their young lives, overcoming personal difficulties and health issues, being separated from their families, these children have been able to succeed in sport, music, dance, school and in their personal lives. From winning swimming badges, to gaining employment, raising money for charities to winning student of the year in Law, we are very proud of what these children from babies to teenagers have achieved and the foster carers, staff and family members who support them. It was a wonderful day, the sun shone and everyone had a fabulous fun filled day. The Children’s Commissioner for Wales Professor Sally Holland opened proceedings along with the Chairman of Flintshire County Council Cllr Ray Hughes. Awards were presented by Cllr Jones. Social Services Chief Officer Neil Ayling and Mark Tami MP also attended. On Twitter, Sally Holland said: “Pride of Flintshire was a fun, warm, child-centered event celebrating great achievements by looked-after children – congratulations to all” The event, held at the Corus Social Club focussed on the children, foster families and birth families joining together to celebrate achievements and giving the children an unforgettable day out. They enjoyed the bouncy castles, rides, ice-cream, singing performances from Princesses and the looked-after children themselves, face-painting , a disco as well as receiving their certificates and trophies. Local businesses helped make the event a huge success by providing prizes and gifts.Flintshire County Council would like to thank Knauf Installations, Dave Cottle Engineering, McLintocks, Molyneux, MPH Construction, Village Urban Resorts, Beaufort Park Hotel, Mainetti, System Electrical, Airbus, Airbus FC, Westbridge Furniture, Whittington Riddell, Coleg Cambria, J Bradburn Price, Linenhall Chambers, Standards Committee, Abakhan, Nandos, Dee Gas, LS Fire Group, The Cross Keys, local councillors and individual donations. Caption, from left to right:: Cllr Christine Jones, Neil Ayling Sarah Williams (16), Dawn Price (21) Bryony Smythe (18) and Prof Sally Holland.