|Wigan’s Wonderful Wizardry Awards
Caleb and Drew
Wigan Borough’s children and their carers were treated to a Harry Potter themed awards ceremony last week.
Wigan’s Wonderful Wizardry Awards took place last Thursday 5th December at DW Sports Stadium. Guests entered the stadium through a ‘brick wall’ at Platform nine and three quarters. Once inside, they travelled along Diagon Alley and into a sweet shop (courtesy of Sugashack in Hindley) where they were invited to make liquorice wands and their very own spell book.
The annual carers event, arranged by young people from the 'Voices for Choices' youth group, celebrates the achievements of children in care and their carers.
Eight awards were up for grabs on the night and competition was fierce with over 200 nominations for judges to choose from. In keeping with the magical theme, the categories included 'The Hogwarts Award', 'The Ronald Weasley Award' and 'The Albus Dumbledore Award'.
Councillor Susan Loudon, cabinet member for children and young people at Wigan Council, said:
“Wigan Council made a corporate parenting pledge to the borough’s young people in care. As part of that pledge we decided to make a commitment to those young people to hold a celebration each year, to highlight their wonderful achievements.
“The ceremony was absolutely brilliant, the decorations were magical and the guests were very excited. One young man, dressed as Harry Potter, described the evening as "amazing” and I totally agree!
“During the awards presentation we heard about some of the achievements of both the children and their carers. I was extremely proud to be among such kind, positive and caring people. I cannot thank our carers enough for giving these children the opportunity to achieve – they’re all winners in my eyes.”