Looked after children and young people in Sefton have been honoured for their achievements at the annual No Limits Challenge Awards.

The awards, now in their 11th year, recognise the efforts and achievements of looked after young people across the borough in both educational and social settings.

More than 200 nominees were made with 25 young people receiving special prizes from the Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton, Cllr Kevin and Linda Cluskey, at a ceremony held at the Southport Theatre and Convention Centre.

Dylan Perry, a 14-year-old pupil at St Michael’s CE High School, Crosby, took home the overall first prize after being commended for making huge progress in the last year and setting a great example by supporting his peers inside and outside school.

Cllr Peter Dowd, Leader of Sefton Council said: “We are immensely proud of the No Limits awards, especially the brilliant children and young people whose achievements and positive attitude to the challenges they face, we’re privileged to celebrate.

“It also gives us a chance to reflect on the outstanding support they receive from families, carers and the dedicated professionals, without whom this event would not be possible.”

The awards are run by Sefton Council in partnership with NHS Liverpool Community Health, Sefton Unison, Sefton Equalities Partnership, Savio Salesian College, Crosby Soroptomists International and Everton FC and Youth Academy.

Marlyn Banham, Head of Vulnerable Children and Young People at Sefton Council, added: “This was my first No Limits Challenge Awards and hearing the range of achievements of our children and young people in often challenging circumstances was truly inspirational

“It is a fantastic tribute to everyone involved that we were given an opportunity to come together at this unique event and celebrate our looked after children and young people.”

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