Mighty Redcar star performs at awards for looked after children

Star of the hit BBC documentary ‘The Mighty Redcar’ performed at an awards ceremony for looked after children.

Dylan Cartlidge, who was fostered himself, performed for looked after children, young people and carers from the borough after the awards were presented at the ‘TunedIn!’ building in Redcar.

Dylan said: “I think these awards are amazing. It’s a great opportunity for care leavers and young people who have been looked after to be recognised for achievements big and small.

“Being fostered was truly life changing for me, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now without my foster mum.”

The annual awards evening recognised outstanding achievements of looked after children, including categories such as academic excellence, sporting excellence and community spirit.

Dylan presented an award himself, along with the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Dennis Teasdale and Leader of the Council, Cllr Sue Jeffrey.

Cllr Craig Hannaway, cabinet member for children at Redcar and Cleveland Council said: “This annual event is a wonderful way to recognise the achievements of these inspiring young people who thoroughly deserve their awards.

“It was a great evening. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the carers who play such an invaluable role in these children’s lives and all of the staff involved for organising such an inspiring event.”

To find out more about fostering in Redcar and Cleveland, visit: fostering.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk or call 01642 444087.