Lewisham’s “inspiring young people” receive awards

with his award

Ben Hussein with his award. Pic: Jack Petchey Foundation

Students from 14 secondary schools across Lewisham have been honoured for working hard towards their exams and excelling under exceptional circumstances.

An award ceremony organised by the Lewisham-based Jack Petchey children’s Foundation took place at The Albany Theatre, Deptford, on Wednesday.

The event celebrated 81 award winners, who received medallions, framed certificates and £200 each to be spent to benefit their schools or clubs.

Ben Hussein, 16, a student from Sedghill School, was recognised for working hard towards his GCSE’s, and organising a charity event at his school, despite being diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

He said: “It’s so great to be acknowledged for my achievements. It just lifts you up, you know. I’m a just a kid and awards like this make you feel that you can do so much more, it gives something to look forward to in the future.”

Jack Petchey, the founder of the awards program, 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.”

The Mayor of Lewisham, Steve Bullock, attended the ceremony. He said: “Our young people in Lewisham work hard and achieve a great deal. They strive to make our community better for all. The Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards showcases some of the most inspiring young people in our boroughs and makes us proud of them.”

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 to celebrate and support young people who make positive contributions to society.

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