East Ham scout scoops award

A SCOUT from East Ham was a shining star at this year’s Jack Petchey Achievement and Leadership Awards.

Visnu Suresh, of 21st Newham East troop, was among the winners at The Scout County of Greater London North East (GLNE) annual awards sponsored by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Dean Jefferys, GLNE County Commissioner, said: “We have 7,000 young people positively and actively engaged in scouting each week.

“This event was most enjoyable and a wonderful way to recognise the achievements of young people.

“Everyone should be proud of their awards.”

Visnu, who lives in Hartley Avenue, was singled out by his peers for being a hard working and reliable member of the troop.

Ted Farr, honorary scouter of 21st Newham East troop, said Visnu was a “good scout” who took an active part in group projects.

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The 15-year-old has risen through the ranks to become a patrol leader and boasts a stellar scout CV, including challenge awards and activity badges.

He was presented with a medallion and a framed certificate, as well as a �200 cheque for his troop, which meets at Pilgrims Way Church in Pilgrims Way, East Ham.

The Jack Petchey awards scheme provides �25,000 each year to the 11 districts that make up The Scout County of GLNE.