than 200 award winners from Secondary Schools, Palmers
College, the Youth Service and Youth Groups in Thurrock
attended a special ceremony at The Civic Hall to celebrate
the annual Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement and Leadership
awards worth £65,000 to the borough.
event was compered by BBC Radio presenter Dave Monk, with
special guest Lloyd Scott -known as the walking Deep Sea
Diver, following his charity marathons dressed in a diving
total there were more than 600 young people together with
friends, families, and staff packed into the hall for
the only event which unites these organisations in the
borough which was organised by Keith Grantham from Thurrock
Achievement award winners each received a medallion to
go with their framed certificate and cheque for £200
for the school.
was also recognition for youth leaders who have demonstrated,
in an outstanding way, an ability to encourage and motivate
Leader Award winners received a gilt medallion, certificate
and cheque for £1,000 to be spent on their school
or community project.
money from the Foundation has mostly been spent on extra
resources and equipment for various departments in the
schools and community projects.
Jack Petchey Foundation, founded in 1999 and based in
Ilford, aims to help develop the potential within young
people aged 11-25 in East London and West Essex.
Foundation is eager to help youngsters take advantage
of opportunities and to play their part in society. So
far £10 million has been donated to a wide range
of schools and organisations.
for the monthly awards are made by teachers, parents,
governing bodies or young people themselves. Each individual
school sets up the selection process best suited to its
culture and the money must be spent on the school or community
event also featured entertainment by Thurrock Youth Jazz
Orchestra, Nathaniel Bareham, Thurrock Young Musician
of the year, from William Edwards School, Alice Reader,
Thurrock Teen Idol winner, from St Cleres School,
and rock group Highly Strung consisting of Grant McNeill,
Nathan Church, Leanne and Reece Hall, all from Gable Hall
has been a fantastic night, Steve Beynon, Corporate
Director of Education told the audience. The talent
on display here from both award winners and performers
is outstanding. Roughly one quarter of the population
of Thurrock is aged between 0-18 years old. I have spent
the last six months listening to what many of them have
to say and its good stuff.
know better than us how to get messages across and we
want our young people to have a voice and be proud of
their achievements. We believe in you and you have certainly
been heard tonight.
The Foundation is inviting more schools and youth organisations
to get in touch. £1.2 million has been allocated
to the scheme for 2004/5. For further details go to the