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Bromley winners of Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 July 2018

Matthew Baker won his award for his work with the Bromley Youth Music Trust. Photo: Jack Petchey Foundation

Matthew Baker won his award for his work with the Bromley Youth Music Trust. Photo: Jack Petchey Foundation

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A group of youngsters across the region have picked up prestigious awards given out to those who have completed some amazing achievements.

Alfie Round won his award for his work at the Spitfire Youth Club. Photo: Jack Petchey FoundationAlfie Round won his award for his work at the Spitfire Youth Club. Photo: Jack Petchey Foundation

They are from the Jack Petchey Foundation which recognises young people for doing something special for others.

This year saw 169 young people from youth clubs come together to receive their Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

The event at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley, honoured winners aged between 11 and 25.

They received medallions and framed certificate plus a cheque for £250 each. Making it extra special, they were each nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements big and small but always for doing their best.

Vera Umelue won her award for volunteer work with Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Photo: Jack Petchey FoundationVera Umelue won her award for volunteer work with Charlton Athletic Community Trust. Photo: Jack Petchey Foundation

In addition, 21 adults were also celebrated with Leader Awards for demonstrating in an outstanding way an ability to motivate young people.

The foundation has been a major supporter of youth organisations and schools across the capital. Together they have donated funding totalling almost £8million since that aspect of the foundation was launched in 2001.

Winners included Matthew Baker, 22, who attends Bromley Youth Music Trust.

He has been part of the Advanced Piano Maestros for five years and had seen a major development in his skills over the years due to his dedication to the group.

As well as his commitment to his own musical performances, he also dedicates a lot of time to volunteering with the Little Virtuosi Piano Programme and is an active member of the Bromley Youth Music Trust’s concert band too. He is enthusiastic and gets involved wherever possible.

He is spending his £250 grant on a trip for the Advanced Piano Maestros to Hurstwood Farm in Kent, a keyboard museum and piano shop.

This will give them a chance to try the pianos and demonstrate their skills.

Alfie Round, 14, attends Spitfire Youth Club in Biggin Hill.

Alfie’s fellow youth club members wanted him to be recognised for his incredible strength and determination when faced with a challenge. He is a true leader and an inspiration to his younger group members too. Whatever challenge he faces, Alfie manages to complete it with no fuss.

He was a big help in organising a recent trip to the London Dungeons this summer. With his creativity and brilliant organisation skills the youth club was able to have a successful and unforgettable trip.

Alfie will spend his money on new equipment for the youth club.

And Vera Umelue, 14, attends Woolwich Common Hub. She was recognised for her brilliant voluntary work with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, where she helped to spread the message of the trust’s work to young people.

On top of this, Vera has just completed her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and is now preparing to undergo the Silver Award soon. She is a proactive member of the youth club and loves to take on new opportunities wherever she can.

Her money is going to a trip for her youth group to a trampoline park.

Commonwealth and European medal winner Donna Fraser said: “Being part of an evening of celebrating great achievements of our young people and leaders is inspiring in itself. And of course, congrats to all the award winners.”

Sir Jack Petchey launched Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential.

In that time, some 2,000 initiatives supporting young people has seen investment over £118m.

Sir Jack, a 92-year-old CBE, 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.”

An awards spokesman said: “We celebrate the hard work and determination of young people and highlight the positive impact today’s youth has on our society by shining a light on their achievements, rather than focusing on negativity.”

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