Circus fun at awards bash

Families rolled up for a day of circus-themed fun to celebrate children in the care of Derbyshire County Council.

The Big Book Bash literature festival and Children in Care Awards on Sunday, July 17 celebrated youngsters in care and their foster parents and children.

Top children’s authors headlined the bash, and children had the chance to take part in fun workshops and activities.

More than 800 children and adults attended the event, now in its eighth year, at County Hall.

Leading children’s author Francesca Simon, writer of the best-selling Horrid Henry stories presented 80 children with awards.

They received certificates, book vouchers, and a Horrid Henry audio book - donated by the author - for achievements in education, sport, music, for contributing to their community or showing outstanding courage and persistence.

Winners were nominated by social workers, foster carers, community care workers, teachers and employment project workers.

Councillor Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Young People opened both events.

He said: “We’re delighted to host this event, which is inspiring and really enjoyable for the youngsters in our care and our foster families.

“We do everything we can to give all children the best possible education and chances in life.”