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Romford teens receive scout award for standing up to bullies

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 November 2019

Jasper Middleton with his scout achievement award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Jasper Middleton with his scout achievement award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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Two Romford teenagers received a scout award on Thursday for their charitable work in the community.

James Aris with his scout achievement award. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationJames Aris with his scout achievement award. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

James Aris, 13, of Rainham, and Jasper Middleton, 15, of Romford, both received a Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award, along with 100 other young people aged 11-25 across London to celebrate their scouting achievements.

James was celebrated for assisting youngsters with behavioural needs in his group with patience and understanding and for standing up against bullies.

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He also raised over £300 through sponsorship and fundraising.

Jasper joined the scouts as a beaver at six and since then he's become a kind, helpful mentor for younger members.

He said: "It is great to be recognised for all the good instead of bad. I hope that all the skills that have brought me here stay with me in the future and perhaps help another young person achieve this award."

The Jack Petchey Foundation is a charity that funds programmes that celebrate positive contributions of young people.

James decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on tents for his Troop while Jasper purchased folding camp chairs for his Troop.

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