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Tottenham legend Ledley King visits Brent school to help promote fostering in the borough

The former Spurs captain visited Christ Church Primary in Kilburn, as Tottenham prepare to make Wembley their full-time home next season

Children at a school in Brent were paid a special visit by Tottenham Hotspur legend and former captain Ledley King.

He visited Christ Church Primary School to award prizes to the winner of an art competition designed to celebrate fostering in Brent .

Year three pupil Khadija Diallo received a Spurs signed T-shirt and one year Junior membership from the club for her winning poster which encouraged more people to consider becoming foster carers.

The competition was part of Brent Council’s ‘Foster Care Fortnight 2017’ campaign which highlights the role fostering plays in transforming the lives of children and young people in care.

From l-r: Brent Foster Carer Shabana Fazaldin, the borough's principal officer for LAC and Permanency Kelli Eboji, former Tottenham captain and club ambassador Ledly King, with Khadjia Diallo and her poster which won the Foster Care Fortnight art competition(Image: UGC TMS)

Ledley, who was joined at school in Clarence Road, Kilburn , by Brent Foster Carer, Shabana Fazaldin, said: “It was a pleasure to support Brent’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign and to meet Khadija and her classmates.

“Young people are our future and it’s vital to support them so they can develop the life skills they need to be successful.”

Kelli Eboji, principal officer for Looked after Children and Permanency at Brent Council, said: “We would like to thank Ledley King and Tottenham Hotspur for supporting our campaign to recruit foster carers this year.

“It was fantastic to see so much enthusiasm amongst all the pupils [taking part].

“We were really impressed with how well the young people understood what foster care is all about and why it’s important for more foster families to come forward and help support the most vulnerable children and young people in our communities.”

Arya Patel from Wembley Primary School and Purvi Dilipkumar, who attends Elsley Primary School, were second and third respectively.

There was also an additional runner-up, Liam Halip, from Wembley Primary School.

The north London club has been stepping up its community work in the borough after announcing it would play all its home matches at Wembley next season, while a new stadium is built on their famous White Hart Lane stadium.

This season, the club played its European home matches at the stadium, and backed a Brent Council health initiative (see video above).

For information about fostering in Brent, call 020 8937 4538, email fostering@brent.gov.uk or visit its fostering webpage .

Brent Council also organises regular fostering information sessions, with the next event taking place at 5.45pm on June 1 at Brent Civic Centre in Wembley.

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