Newham’s young people recognised in annual Jack Petchey awards ceremony
PUBLISHED: 15:57 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 September 2018
Newham’s best and brightest were recognised at the annual Jack Petchey Awards.
The achievement awards recognise young people who have taken part in extra-curricular activites, overcome adversity, or completed acts of extraordinary bravery or kindness.
At Cineworld in the O2 arena on Monday, students from 24 schools across Newham received their awards.
The ceremony included performances from Forest Gate Community and Little Ilford schools, and an opening speech was given by the chair of Newham Council, councillor Joy Laguda.
Leader awards were also given to staff and volunteers who’ve gone the extra mile to support and motivate young people.
Since establishing the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999, the Plaistow entrepreneur has given £100 million through his businesses to support youth projects. In 2012, Sir Jack was given a CBE for his services to young people, and in 2016, the 93-year-old received his knighthood.
Every winner of an achievement award receives a certificate, badge and £250 grant for their school or organisation, with more than 12,500 young people receiving an award every year.