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Jack Petchey Awards evening recognises achievements of 78 Harrow students
Students from 14 Harrow secondary schools collected their rewards for helping others on Tuesday.
The 78 students went to the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards event at the Harrow Arts Centre, in Uxbridge Road.
The event was organised to honour the achievements of the 11 to 25-year-olds who received medallions, a framed certificate and £200 each.
The award winners had each been nominated for achievements in a huge range of areas.
Mital Patel, 15, from Cannons High School, was given an award for helping students at her school through her role as a 'peer listener'.
Another winner was Chandni Kudrati, 17, from Nower Hill High School.
Chandni won her award for organising a charity Bollywood night to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail, who helped present the awards.
He said “I always enjoy attending Jack Petchey award events as he is an inspiration to young people.
“He started from humble beginnings and his foundation helps young people to achieve, just as he himself has achieved.”
The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential.
It has invested £75 million in 2,000 youth initiatives across London and Essex.
Founder, Jack Petchey CBE, 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.”
The award scheme provides funding of £25,200 a year to secondary schools in Harrow.
To date £439,000 has been awarded to youth organisations in the borough since funding started in 2005.