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Newham’s young people recognised in annual Jack Petchey awards ceremony

PUBLISHED: 15:57 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:58 25 September 2018

Pupils from Brampton Manor Academy. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Pupils from Brampton Manor Academy. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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Newham’s best and brightest were recognised at the annual Jack Petchey Awards.

Cumberland School's award winners. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationCumberland School's award winners. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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.

Eastlea Community School pupils with their Leader Award winner, Mandy Gunn. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationEastlea Community School pupils with their Leader Award winner, Mandy Gunn. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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.

Students from Education Links. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationStudents from Education Links. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Eleanor Smith pupils with their Leader Award winner, Katrina Pyrce. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationEleanor Smith pupils with their Leader Award winner, Katrina Pyrce. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Students from Forest Gate Community School with Georgia France, who won the school's Leader Award. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationStudents from Forest Gate Community School with Georgia France, who won the school's Leader Award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Winners from Chobham Academy with Denis Ionescu, winner of the Leader Award. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationWinners from Chobham Academy with Denis Ionescu, winner of the Leader Award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Pupils from Kingsford Community School with Diane Carter, the Leader Award winner. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationPupils from Kingsford Community School with Diane Carter, the Leader Award winner. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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