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Jack Petchey awards honour young people across Bromley

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2018

Lisa Kirby decided to collect presents to give to children in local hospitals. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

Lisa Kirby decided to collect presents to give to children in local hospitals. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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Young people from schools across Bromley came together on Monday (October 1) to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards, which were presented at the Churchill Theatre.

Isabelle French raised money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Picture: Jack Petchey FoundationIsabelle French raised money and awareness for Cancer Research UK. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

The event honoured winners aged 11-25, who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each, already presented. They were nominated by their peers and leaders for a variety of achievements.

Six adults were also celebrated with Leader Awards for demonstrating an outstanding ability to motivate young people.

They received a medallion and a framed certificate.

Winners included Lisa Kirby, 13, who attends Darrick Wood School.

Lisa selflessly decided to collect presents to give to children in local hospitals and pledged to fill two sacks to hand out to the patients over Christmas.

Lisa took this on with passion and put a lot of hard work into promoting the cause to her friends and family by emailing people and creating posters to raise awareness.

She asked for donations of wrapped toys but also took cash donations, which she used to buy gifts to wrap herself.

In the end she superseded her target and raised £400 cash for the cause, which enabled her to give out over 170 presents to the children.

Lisa decided to spend her £250 grant on equipment for the school.

Isabelle French, 13, also attends Darrick Wood School.

Back in May Isabelle decided to take on a challenge to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research UK.

She set herself the goal of walking 10,000 steps a day for the whole month of June.

She set herself the goal of raising £200 and, by the end of the month, had raised £402.

She received an email from Cancer Research UK to say she was in the top 10pc of fundraisers in her area.

Isabelle decided to spend her £250 on resources for a fundraising event.

Youth organisations and schools in Bromley have received funding of £1,643,432 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2006.

Jeff Booths, chief superintendent, remarked it was “another fantastic night and great to see our future is in such promising hands due to the young people who received awards.”

Mayor of Bromley cllr Kim Botting said: “congratulations to the winners and many thanks to the staff, volunteers, parents and carers for their support.

“Jack Petchey is an inspiration to us all.

“I hope others in our borough will want to give something back to our community in the same way.”

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