Havering scouts honoured with Jack Petchey Achievement Awards

Havering youngsters were among the 120 Scouts from north-east London to pick up their Jack Petchey Achievement Awards recently.

Winner, aged 11-25, received medallions to go with a framed certificate and cheque for �200.

They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements but mostly for doing their best.

Among the winners were James Bennett, from Romford, a member of the Romford District Explorer Scout unit.

He was awarded for being a consistent member of the unit and helping younger sections as a Young Leader.

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He has gained a bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Edward Thompson, 14, of Upminster, a member of 3rd Upminster Scout Group, was also a winner.

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He is a senior patrol leader who particularly helps new members settle in.

Founder, Jack Petchey, 87, 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.

“I always believe “If you think you can, you can” and these youngsters prove my point - they just needed a little help.”

JPF awards provide funding of �25,200 each year to north-east London Scouts which has received a total of �161,000 since funding started in 1999.

More than 2,300 young people aged 11-25 attend Scouts in north-east London.

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