Brentwood youngsters win big at Jack Petchey Foundation Awards

Katie Turner won an award for her fundraising efforts.

Submitted by Jack Petchey Foundation

A recent award ceremony at the Towngate Theatre in Basildon saw 61 young people from Brentwood walk away with Achievement Awards presented by the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Aged between 11 and 25 years, the young people from schools and colleges in BrentwoodEssex, were awarded medallions and framed certificates for their contributions to their school or college community.

Each of the winners also received a £250 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group.

In addition, eight adults were awarded Leader Awards for demonstrating outstanding ability to motivate young people.

Katie Turner, 14, from Shenfield High School near Brentwood, Essex, received an award for fundraising for her local stables when they struggled financially during the first lockdown in 2020.

Katie proactively fundraised by baking and selling cakes to family, friends and her parent’s work colleagues. As a result, Katie and her family raised £750 for the stables, ensuring that they could remain open and thrive in the community.

Katie said: “I’m really pleased to have won the award, especially for helping a cause so close to my heart” and decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on embroidered house badges for her school.

Masha organised collections and funds for the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis

Masha Jones, 18, who attends Anglo European School in Ingatestone was the key player in organising collections and funds for the Ukrainian humanitarian crisis. She also suggested educating classes about the situation and encouraged form tutors to deliver short lessons on Ukraine. She is also known to be a fantastic role model and an inspiration to the students and her school.

Masha said: “This award has been incredible to win and for such an important cause. I want to thank my teachers, who have always encouraged me to speak up and do what I feel is right.”

Masha decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on resources for a well-being area to assist Ukrainian students as well as students from all year groups.

Jaye Adenuga competed in a Chinese speaking competition

Jaye Adenuga, 13, who attends Becket Keys Church of England School, also in Brentwood, won the award for being a star student and competing in the Chinese Bridge Competition (speaking competition) for UK schools, organised by the British Council and the Centre for Language Education and Cooperation.

During this competition, Jaye competed against students from other schools and everyone was impressed by his enthusiasm and effort. He used various skills and techniques when preparing his speech and it took great courage and determination for Jaye to deliver it.

Jaye said: “As Sir Jack Petchey said, “if you think you can, you can”. I believe in this because everything I have achieved in life has been because I thought I could. You may have some downfalls along the way, but as long as you persevere, achievements will always come through.”

Jaye decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a basketball post to use during breaks and lunch.

Thomas Chow helped fellow cadets to revise for their aeronautical exams

Thomas Chow, 16, who attends Air Cadets 2476, Hutton was awarded the Achievement Award for going above and beyond in helping cadets achieve their goals, particularly with their aeronautical training by administering lessons and assisting cadets in revising for their exams.

Thomas said: “I am so grateful to be awarded the achievement award. I never thought that my fellow cadets would choose me for the award, and I was incredibly lucky that I was chosen. Again, I am so thankful to Jack Petchey and grateful for this opportunity.”

Thomas decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on Air Rifle Shooting Equipment.

Gareth Barrett, deputy mayor of Brentwood, said: “We have celebrated the amazing achievements of the young people of Brentwood. It was an honour and privilege to present these awards that continue to build on the amazing legacy of Sir Jack Petchey. I feel inspired and optimistic about the future of my community.”

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