A Ruislip teen was one of the young people who was recognised by Hillingdon Council for overcoming difficult circumstances to achieve extraordinary things.
Hillingdon Council’s annual Kids in Care Awards, which took place virtually on November 30, aimed to highlight the academic and recreational achievements of children and young people in the council’s care.
The Mayor of Hillingdon, councillor Teji Barnes (pictured) made a celebratory video for all entrants alongside the council’s chief executive, Fran Beasley.
Simon Gibson, aged 16 from Ruislip, excelled in his exams and was nominated for four awards including ‘exceptional achievement in education.’
He said: “I live with my brother in a foster placement and I feel very comfortable there, we consider each other family.
“During my GCSE’s, my foster family provided me with any materials and books I needed and I became very disciplined with independent studying because I wanted to get good grades.
“I feel extremely grateful and happy to have been nominated for so many awards at KICA.
“I achieved higher grades than I was predicted which makes me proud. My ambition is to study law at university and I hope to become a barrister one day.”