Organiser Sue Wakefield, A member of the Independent Visitor scheme

Festive fun with the X-Factor

Poetry, singing, dancing and even a hula hoop routine were part of the programme of entertainment when young people in care presented X-Mas Factor – their own version of the popular TV talent show.

They were joined on stage by senior leadership staff from the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust at the Ukrainian Club for the third annual event, organised by Sue Wakefield, from the Trust’s Independent Visitors Scheme.

The scheme involves volunteers who befriend and visit children and young people in care who have little or no contact with their parents.  

A packed audience was entertained last Wednesday by a total of 21 acts, which were judged by a panel of ‘experts’ – young people – who were every bit as critical as Simon Cowell and Sharon Osborne!

The evening was rounded off with a speech from teenager Abbey Booker, winner of the Inspirational Young Person title at this year’s Doncaster Pride Awards as well as being crowned the Overall Winner.

A donation is to be made to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association from some of the money raised from the sale of raffle tickets and refreshments. The rest is to be used for the forthcoming youth club Christmas disco.

Commenting on the night, Sue Wakefield, said: “I would just like to say how proud I am of the young people who have performed. The lead up to the event can be quite stressful but when I see the young people glowing and feeling so proud after they have performed it makes all the worry and planning worthwhile.

“I would also like to thank the Doncaster College students who gave their time for free, as usual, to do the make-up for all the performers.

“The young people have been absolutely brilliant again this year.”

Trust Chief Executive, Paul Moffat added: “It is wonderful to witness the array of fantastic talents among our young people. It has been a hugely entertaining night and a great way to start off the Christmas celebrations.”


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