Nearly 100 young people from schools in Wandsworth have received Jack Petchey awards.

The awards ceremony took place at the Wandsworth Civic Suite on Tuesday (March 13)

The 94 winners, aged between 11 and 19, received medals, along with framed certificates and a cheque for £250.

Councillor Leslie McDonnell, the Mayor of Wandsworth, said: “It’s all too easy to criticise young people in this day and age, but give them half the chance and they will amaze you. What I saw tonight was inspiring. It was an absolute privilege to be part of something so special."

Four adults were honoured with Leader Awards, which they received for their ability to motivate young people. They also received medals and a framed certificate.

The winners included Kane Johnson Hauldren, who attends Chestnut Grove Academy in Balham's Chestnut Grove. Kane, 12, is an active member of an Equality club in school. He has volunteered, started campaigns for different classes for LGBT+ and immigrants as well as prepared cake sales.

Kane decided to spend his £250 grant on resources for his school.

Another winner was Munira Abdalla, who attends Ark Putney Academy in Pullman Gardens. Her school said she has made a 'truly outstanding effort across all her subjects' and is 'always willing to help younger students'.

Munira has started a lunchtime English club for students, helping foreign students settle into UK society. She has also started an academic buddying programme where she has arranged for Year 13 students to tutor Year 12 students in challenging subjects.

Munira decided to spend her £250 grant on an ice skating trip for pupils.

Since Jack Petchey Foundation funding began, youth organisations and schools in Wandsworth have received a total of £622,156 in funding from the organisation.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE, the founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, 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.”