STUDENT Danny Haughton is one of the many inspiring young people who were highlighted for their achievements in the Tameside Looked After Children Awards.
Danny, who is in his final year studying for a degree in criminology at Salford University, won the High Achievement in Education Award at the ceremony held at the Village Hotel in Hyde on 10 February.
The 21-year-old care leaver first went into foster care when he was aged nine and thrived - despite the troubles in his early life - attaining academic success, playing for the care leavers’ football team and travelling across the US and Europe.
He was described as “independent” “committed” and a “positive role model” by the award judges, who praised how he had “overcome every obstacle in his way” to succeed in his education and get to university. Now Danny is hoping to pursue a career in social care to help other looked after children to achieve and be their best.
Danny said: “It was really nice to attend the event and see so many other young people in care and care leavers get recognition for doing well and achieving. It’s great for children in care to have so many positive role models. It was also good to see some of my old foster carers and social workers at the awards, they said they were really pleased to see me doing so well.
“I really hope one day I can work with care leavers and give them the kind of support that I have received to help them make the best of themselves.”
The Looked After Children Awards, which were attended by Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington and Chief Executive Steven Pleasant, aimed to highlight the achievements and accomplishments of children in care and care leavers - including those who have excelled in education, sport, the arts or have pushed themselves to go the extra mile.
Cllr Warrington said: “It was such a pleasure and a privilege to attend the awards and celebrate the success and achievements of so many inspiring children and young people who have clearly shown exceptional resilience and commitment and exemplary attitudes. They are wonderful role models and also a very positive reflection of the dedicated work of our foster carers and social care teams to support our looked after children.”
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