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Philanthropist foundation awards 71 amazing young people in South East London

A philanthropists’ foundation has recognised 71 incredible young people from schools and colleges in South East London.

The winners, aged 11-25, received medallions and framed certificates from the Jack Petchey Foundation prior to the online event along with a £250 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group.

In addition, 3 adults were awarded Leader Awards for demonstrating outstanding ability to motivate young people. They each received a medallion and a framed certificate.

Sir Jack Petchey is a 96-year-old philanthropist who built a multi-million-pound taxi business out of £39. His foundation recognises talented young people and has supported over 2,000 initiatives for young people across London and Essex.

Achievement Award winners include John-Junior Ashdown, aka JJ (pictured), aged 12, who attends Willow Dene Secondary School.

JJ loves being outside, especially in extreme weather conditions. He was awarded the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for helping the Outdoor Learning Coordinator collect materials for future lessons.

Zaki, JJ’s younger brother (also pictured) said: “JJ loves his garden balcony and he loves to share this with his friends in class.

“JJ has worked very hard to make it look pretty and I am very proud of him. He is a superstar.”

JJ with his brother Zaki

Award winner JJ decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on plants for the garden balcony including tomatoes, strawberries, honeysuckle and wild grasses.

Additionally, Emmanuel Olojede, aged 15, who attends St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive, was awarded his Jack Petchey Achievement Award for good citizenship.

While walking home from school one day he saw that a girl from another school was being harassed by a man on the street. Emmanuel walked over to the girl and pretended to know her so that he could walk with her to the bus stop and wait with her until she had got safely on the bus.

Emmanuel decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a school trip for his class.

In total, Greenwich have received funding of £1.3m from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started.

Sir Jack 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.

 

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