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Jack Petchey Foundation recognises young people in Bexley for amazing achievements

(8.7.16)  An incredible 141 young people from 19 schools across Bexley came together to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at the Orchard Theatre Thursday 7th July 2016.

The event honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each, already presented.  They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements big and small but always for doing their best.

In addition 11 adults were also celebrated with Leader Awards who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people. They received a medallion and a framed certificate.

Youth organisations and schools in Bexley have received funding of: £1,259,922 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2006.

Cllr Rob Leitch, Cabinet Member for Education who presented the awards said “What a fantastic night! I couldn't be more proud of all the Young Bexley Achievers and Leaders who received their awards this evening; it was an honour to meet them all and hear about their achievements. Coupled with the energetic and truly varied performances, the evening was a wonderful showcase of the extraordinarily talented and unequivocally inspirational young people and leaders we are lucky enough to have in our Borough. They are all an absolute credit to the London Borough of Bexley and I commend the Jack Petchey Foundation team for recognising and celebrating these superb achievements.”

Winners included Justine, aged 13
, who attends St Catherine’s School. Justine has been an instrumental member of the Youth Travel Ambassadors (YTA) and campaigns to promote students cycling to school. This involves a range of activities to motivate students to cycle to school such as delivering school assemblies and Citizenship Days to spread the message of green travel.

Her school described her as ‘dedicated, creative, reliable and proactive’ campaigning for green travel ideas within her school team called the Gear Girls. As part of her role in the YTA she has even delivered a presentation which received funding by Transport for London (TfL) and has been selected for further work with TfL to promote cycling activities.

Given her passion promoting healthy cycling Justine decided to spend her Achievement Award on hiring a `Smoothie Bike’. This involves pedal-powered smoothie-making bicycles which promote healthy eating and exercise. All the profits then go back to the charity Sport 4 Life UK.

Mollie, aged 17, goes to the Business Academy Bexley. Mollie takes part in Irish dancing competitions at championship level. She is also always happy to perform for school and community events. At the same time her school says Mollie’s modesty means she takes this all in her stride. She is always happy to support younger students and also encourages them to follow their dreams.

Mollie will spend her £250 Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award taking pupils to the London Anniversary Games later this month.

Drew, aged 14, attends Harris Academy Falconwood. Drew has been an active member of Academy life since he started in Year 7. He is a member of the Student Council, a Youth Travel Ambassador - helping the Academy to achieve Gold Standard - and part of the Anti-Bullying Campaign. Drew also regularly conducts tours of the Academy for prospective students, staff and visitors in a professional manner. Due to his outstanding achievements, he was nominated and has now become part of the Bexley Youth Council.

Drew will spend his £250 Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award rewarding his fellow pupils with a trip to the Jack the Ripper Experience in September.

Gary, aged 15, goes to Hurstmere School. He got his award for his hard work in designing and building a new website spending up to eight weeks of his spare time, after school and at weekends on this project.

Gary took it upon himself to come up with the initial ideas, colour schemes and design. Once these were discussed and agreed, he made the necessary changes and began to add music, along with relevant photographs and videos. He makes daily updates to the website, advising of the number of plays and views it had that day. Gary’s efforts meant he has also increased his technology and designed skills throughout this project. 

He decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award on software to add music to the website.

Sir Jack founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then it has provided support to a wide range of 2,000 initiatives supporting young people across London and Essex and has invested over £100m doing this.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE said “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”  

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