Jack Petchey Foundation recognises exceptional young person during Covid-19 from Thurrock with award

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Jack Petchey Foundation recognises exceptional young person during Covid-19 from Thurrock with award

THE Jack Petchey Foundation has just launched Jack Petchey’s Community Awards an award scheme to recognise young people from London and Essex who are helping their community during the coronavirus outbreak. Members of the public are invited to nominate a young person they know via the Foundation’s website www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk. Winners will be awarded £50 in recognition of their community spirit.

Jack Petchey’s Community Awards will be awarded throughout the current lockdown situation to keep young people motivated and celebrate their contributions to society.

The tenth winner is Joshua Bateman, age 17, from Thurrock.

Joshua is currently on furlough from his apprenticeship as a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and has decided to fill his time 3D-printing face shields for the NHS and healthcare workers in his area.

So far, Joshua has distributed over 700 face shields to hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and other healthcare establishments around the Thurrock area.

To keep printing, Joshua set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money for materials. So far he has raised over £4000 from this page and plans to donate any leftover funds to local NHS charities.

Vicky Bateman, Joshua’s mother and nominator, told the Foundation: “We are so very proud of him using this time to really make a difference to help all these wonderful people feel a little safer.”

Trudy Kilcullen MBE, CEO of the Jack Petchey Foundation said: “At the Jack Petchey Foundation, young people inspire us all the time with the incredible work they do and that has not stopped in the current situation. We want to recognise more young people across London and Essex doing inspirational things to help their community and hope these Community Awards will motivate others and truly showcase the positive things young people do every day.”

Members of the public wishing to nominate a young person should simply visit www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/opportunities/jack-petcheys-community-nominations/ and fill out the form to submit their nomination including contact details and reason for nominating.

These nominations will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We want to highlight as many of the entries we can, and will choose multiple winners each week to receive £50 prize for themselves or their favourite charity.

A young person can be nominated for any actions they are doing to help vulnerable family members, the local area, school or youth group during the covid-19 situation as long as these abide by the government guidelines of social distancing.

These could include: delivering groceries to a vulnerable neighbour, creating content to inspire others (e.g. artwork, videos and blog posts), helping a youth group to adapt their work online, contacting local isolated people on the phone, and supporting a parent/friend keyworker.

The Jack Petchey Foundation has worked with schools and youth groups across Thurrock since 2008 providing £1,406,735 in funding to schools and youth clubs.

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