Jack Petchey awards given to fifteen young people who spent their prize money on the group

By Shaun Flores
November 11 2019, 13.25

Prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards with a £250 prize were given to 15 young people from across south west London on Tuesday.

The event, presented at the Waterman’s Theatre, honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11-25, who were nominated by their peers and leaders.

The Achievement Awards includes grass roots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations throughout London and Essex.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE, 94, 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.”

Sir Jack founded the foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. It has provided supported 2,000 initiatives across London and Essex and has invested more than £124m.

Nominations are made by young people as well as teachers, parents, and supporting adults. The young award winners choose how to spend their award money to the benefit of their club or school.

Winners included Kiran Chand (pictured above), 13, a member of 8th Kennington Guides unit.

Kiran is one of the longest standing Guides at the unit.

A unit spokesperson said: “Kiran is key to our yearly camp, sharing her knowledge, tips and skills with younger members of the unit – she is an absolute joy to have around. Keep shining Kiran!”

Selflessly she spent her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on an outdoor overnight cooking adventure for 10 Guides.

Lily Butchard, 11, and a member of the 17th Battersea Power Station Guides unit, used her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant for 12 Guides with a trip to a trampoline park and a restaurant.

WINNER: Lily Butchard decided to use her prize for a trip with the Guides

Daisy East,12, has been part of the 5th Tooting Guides unit. Since June 2016 and has shown leadership, compassion and positivity in the weekly meetings. She has grown adept at supporting younger girls in the unit.

A spokesperson for her unit said: “Her public speaking and associated leadership was exemplary. Daisy was the clear winner for this award.”

Daisy spent her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a trip to a climbing arena for 12 Guides.

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