On Friday 7th July 2017 the Descendants family got together to mark our 13th Annual Dr John Roberts CBE Q.C Achievement Awards . Everyone gathered at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Ealing Common to celebrate the great achievements of our young people.The evening was a real showcase of what can be achieved through hard work, dedication, and determination – even against great odds.
The Achievement Awards took place in the presence of the Mayor of Ealing Councillor Woodruff, Leader of Ealing Council Julian Bell, MP for Acton Rupa Huq, Councillors Walker, Binda Rai and Abdullah Gulaid.
This inspiring evening began with a three course meal and was followed by a speech from Rupa Huq MP, who spoke about the victims of recent atrocities, and included a minutes silence held for the victims of the recent Grenfell tower fire disaster. The Chair of Descendants Pamela Masha read out a good wish email from our Patron Lord Paul Boateng, who was away in Africa. Our new Patrons Camara Jessica Fearon, and Sister Monica attended and gave out awards on the evening. The special guest speaker, Captain Joel Mark, who is preparing to circumnavigate the world solo, gave an inspiring talk about his journey thus far.
In total 24 Awards were handed out on the evening. This included primary year 6 pupils and secondary and special schools. Awards were handed out to child genius, 12-year-old Joshua Beckford, who was presented with the Dr Mae Jamison award. Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueens’ mother Mrs Mary McQueen handed out the award for Arts named in his honour. The Kwame Kwei-Armah award was presented by Nafisha Baba, the young BBC dancer of the year 2017. Other awards included The Kim Noel award, who was the inspiration of the initial achievement awards. The Willis Wilkie award, an inspirational man who inspired a generation to aim higher in their education. Community Activist Connie Mark MBE BEM award was also handed out. The overall outstanding achievement award, named in honour of the late Dr John Roberts, CBE QC, who was the first black judge in the UK was awarded to Tyler Russell from Brentside High School.
Photo galleries featuring winners, nominees and guests are here with more to follow.
The feedback from the evening has been excellent and very encouraging. This was the 13th year that Descendants has organised this event, which is sponsored by Ealing Children Services and supported by Ealing Council. Whilst the number of children nominated by schools this year was greatly reduced, the quality of the nominations was exceptional.
Next year, 2018, Descendants will be celebrating its 25th anniversary of working in the community, we are planning several events to mark this momentous occasion. The Management Committee have decided that the next Achievement Awards will be held in 2019.
Thank you to everyone – teachers, parents, our committee, community members and, of course, our children & young people – for your support this year. Have a wonderful summer – we look forward to seeing you all again soon.