Jack Petchey Foundation recognises Havering's young people's amazing achievements
PUBLISHED: 17:17 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 19 September 2018
Young people from Havering who have made a difference in their community attended a prestigious awards event in Hornchurch.
More than 80 young people from clubs in the borough came together to receive the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards, which were presented at the Queen’s Theatre in Billet Lane on Monday, September 17.
The event honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11 - 25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each.
In addition, nine adults were also celebrated with Leader Awards as they demonstrated an ability to motivate young people in an outstanding way.
They received a medallion and a framed certificate.
Former Olympic 400m medallist, Mark Richardson said: “I believe everyone has a spark of greatness in them.
“The Jack Petchey Foundation enables that spark to burn bright. It was another fabulous evening acknowledging those who have achieved and made a difference in the local community.”
They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning award for a variety of achievements. For example, Macy Huthwaite, 12, achieved her award for returning to swimming after being out of the water for a couple of months due to medical reasons.
She is a member of the Killerwhales Swim Club of Havering and was able to make it to the regional finals despite being away for a while.
Luke Martin, 13, from the Romford and District Table Tennis League won his award for his outstanding progress and drive to improve and play at a higher level.
His club called him a, “focused junior with a bright future” and he used his £250 jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on equipment for his club.
Sir Jack Petchey CBE, 93, founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential.
He 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.”
Youth organisations and schools in Havering have received funding of £3,583,124 from the foundation since funding started in 2000.