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Editor’s comment: Appreciating good things youngsters do.

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 July 2018

Winners who were presented with awards at the Havering Talented 30 awards ceremony. Picture: Havering Council

Winners who were presented with awards at the Havering Talented 30 awards ceremony. Picture: Havering Council

Havering Council

Here in Havering we are pretty good at celebrating our young people.

Every year hundreds of youngsters are honoured for their achievements at the Jack Petchey Awards.

Last week gifted youngsters were recognised for their talents at the Havering Talented 30 evening in Harold Hill.

They were chosen by an independent judging panel for a range of talents incuding literature, cheerleading, music, sport and street dance,.

The winners were selected from more than 90 applications.

The Talented 30 awards is sponsored by Havering Council, which established the scheme in 2008 as part of the run-up to the London Olympics and Paralympics.

Councillor Viddy Persaud said: “This group of young people have a vast array of talent between them, and I’m thrilled that we can honour them and give support to reach their full potential.”

Meanwhile, 13-year-old singer Charlie Dillon has been making his mark on national TV in The Voice Kids, proving that having a stammer should not hold you back from fulfilling your dreams.

And 11-year-old Ben Wales had his head shaved to raise £1,500 for Havering charity Addup, which helps his little brother who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

His actions mean his brother’s class can now continue until Christmas.

One way to steer youngsters away from gang culture, knife-carrying and crime is to show them they are valued, that they are appreciated and award ceremonies like the Talented 30 and the Jack Petchey Awards can give children a sense of worth.

While the Recorder can’t shy away from the bad things a minority of youngsters do, we will continue to feature the good things young people do as well and hope that they will want to be in the news for the right reasons rather than the wrong ones.

So well done to Ben, Charlie, the Talented 30 and all the other great young people in Havering. You are appreciated.

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