Brent students recognised at the Jack Petchley Achievement Awards

Cairo Williams

Cairo Williams - Credit: Archant

Ceremony in Wembley attended by 118 students from 12 schools in the borough

Cairo Williams

Cairo Williams - Credit: Archant

Dedicated secondary school students from Brent were recognised for their achievements as a prestigious awards ceremony yesterday.

The Jack Petchley Achievement Awards event was held at Oakington Manor Hall in Wembley and was attended by 118 winners from 12 schools and Cllr Michael Adeyeye, Brent Mayor.

The awardees, aged from 11- 25, received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £200 each.

All were nominated for a variety of achievements but mostly for doing their best.

The Jack Petchley Foundation (JPF) awards scheme provides funding of £22,400 each year to secondary schools in Brent and to date £478,000 has been awarded to youth organisations in the borough since funding started in 2005.

Cairo Williams, 15, from Crest Girls Academy in Crest Road, Neasden, was nominated for her passion about the importance of improving the environment in the local community and making it a safe place.

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Paolina Webber, Crest Academy’s JPF coordinator, said: “Cairo was one of the first students to join our youth forum and has worked tirelessly to improve safety for young people in the streets. Along with the rest of the group she is working hard to develop CitySafe havens in Neasden shopping centre.

“She is also working on a project to improve the 182 bus service and create better relationships between bus drivers and school pupils. She has also taken part in a Big Tidy Up litter picking campaign in Neasden and helped to organise a Tea Party to raise money for a cancer charity. She will not give up until we achieve all our aims. She is an inspiration.”

Charlotte Edwards from Capital City Academy in Doyle Gardens, Willesden, was nominated for her commitment to sport. The 18-year-old has won the Brent Cross country Championships ever year she has competed and also represented Brent at the Middlesex Championships for the past few years.

Kenny Straker, JPF coordinator at Capital City Academy, said: “Charlotte embodies one of our school values ‘determination’. She is an inspiration to younger students as she not only competes at a high level but also coaches and volunteers on a regular basis, having logged over 500 hours of volunteering within school and the wider community.”

Jack Petchey CBE, 87-yearold founder of JPF, 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. “

For more information about JPF visit www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk, follow on www.facebook.com/JackPetcheyFoundation and Twitter @JPFoundation.

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