Published: Thursday, 12th October 2017

Their incredible achievements were recognised at the annual Looked After Children Awards.

Sixty young people received awards at the fun-filled occasion on Friday 6 October, which included balloon modelling, a disco and buffet.

Three hundred guests - including foster carers, families and nominators such as social workers - attended the event which was held at Charlton Athletic Football Club's North Stand.

The awards ceremony

Awards were presented by the Mayor Councillor Peter Brooks, Deputy Leader Councillor Danny Thorpe and VIPs including Captain John Baileff, Adjutant for Kings Troop Artillery, and Michael Fricker from South East London Rock Choir.

The South East London Rock Choir provided entertainment on the night along with Jaden Roderick Brown, a 17-year-old in care who played several complicated piano pieces from memory including Beethoven sonata 2nd and Gymnopedie.

Outstanding Educational Achievement Award 2017

Six special awards were given out for outstanding achievement including the Outstanding Educational Achievement Award 2017 which was presented to Leena Gurung. The 22-year-old recently achieved a first class honours degree in computer networks at the University of London despite many personal challenges.

While working hard, she still took time to share her vast knowledge with other students and help them complete their assignments. Leena is now planning to travel before doing a Masters in computer networks.

'Their stories are inspirational'

Deputy Leader Councillor Danny Thorpe said: "Our children in care and care leavers have achieved amazing things despite having difficult starts in life and having to overcome many barriers.

"Their stories are inspirational and their achievements are testament to both the support they have received and their determination to succeed. Congratulations to them all."