THE achievements of young people in care and foster carers  in the borough have been recognised at a special circus themed event.

The annual awards occasion, organised by Wigan Council, took place at The Edge in Wigan and this year it was named "The Greatest Circus Awards".

It celebrated young people’s achievements in seven different categories including being an advocate for equality, staying safe and being kind and caring to others.

Cllr Susan Gambles, lead member for youth opportunities at the council, presented some of the awards.

She said: "These awards are so important as many of the young people have faced challenges in life but have shown amazing resilience, strength of character and have gone on to do extremely positive things for both themselves and their communities.

"This event celebrates and acknowledges their achievements and hopefully will build their confidence to inspire them to continue to achieve even more."

"The foster carers are key to these children and young people’s success, they do an amazing job, making a positive difference on a daily basis for the children and young people in their charge.

"We want them to know how much we value the exceptional contributions they make and thank them for their commitment, love and care."

Becky and Erin were joint winners of The Acrobat Award, which recognised young people who have taken action to improve their health.

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Becky receives her award from James Winterbottom, director of children’s services at Wigan Council

Becky, 12, from Whitley, said: "I’ve been going to the gym a lot with Erin and we encourage other young people to go because it can help with your mental health as well as your physical health."

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Kyle enjoys the circus activities

Kyle, 12, from Wigan, picked up the Top Hat Award, which recognised young people who had made the most of their time at school.

He added: "I was happy to win. I was surprised but in a good way."

Several residents were acknowledged with The Juggler Award, which recognised inspiring foster families and individual carers.

Wendy and Steve Lowe, from Whitley, were among the winners.

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Award winning foster carers Wendy and Steve Lowe

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Wendy said: "It was amazing to win. I was really shocked.

"We support a big family and we’re proud to be part of their lives.

"We love being foster carers because you can help open up so many opportunities for young people."

The event was sponsored by Agilisys and Spectrum Community Health CIC.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a foster carer can find information at