Thursday, December 8, 2022

Jack Petchey Foundation recognises two exceptional young people working hard in Thurrock

MEMBERS of the public are invited to nominate a young person they know via the Foundation’s website https://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/opportunities/jack-petchey-environmental-award/. Winners will be awarded a special certificate, badge and a letter from Sir Jack Petchey himself, in recognition of their commitment to building a greener future.

Jack Petchey Environmental Award will be awarded throughout summer until October to keep young people motivated and celebrate their environmental contributions to society.

The most recent winners, are Emily Bibby , 14, from Thurrock.

Emily has been awarded the Environmental Award for promoting the importance of the environment through art, where she was selected for her winning mural design for Essex Wildlife Trust. The theme for the competition is the importance of caring for the environment and will be installed at a local Wildlife Trust Centre. Emily has also contributed to large scale artworks due to be displayed around her school!

Upon receiving the award, Emily said: “It feels amazing to have been given this award and it has given me an even bigger push towards my goals and has allowed me to recognise that the steps I have taken are helping me.”

Rose Georgieva , 12, from Thurrock.

Rose has been awarded the Environmental Award for being an integral member of the Eco School club at her school, The Hathaway Academy. She uses her break and lunch times to water and maintain the vegetable and flower garden. Rose has also helped run campaigns and surveys to help students understand the importance of the work she and her club are doing, as well as regularly litter picking to ensure  that the area is clean for students to enjoy.

Gemma Juma, Chief Executive Officer of the Jack Petchey Foundation said: “At the Jack Petchey Foundation, young people inspire us all the time with the incredible work they do. We want to recognise more young people across London and Essex doing inspirational things to improve their local environment. We hope these Environmental Awards will motivate others and showcase the positive things young people do every day to help create a sustainable future.”

Members of the public wishing to nominate a young person should simply visit https://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/opportunities/jack-petchey-environmental-award/ and fill in the form to submit their nomination, including contact details and reason for nominating. These nominations will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

A young person can be nominated for any actions that make a positive impact on their local environment.  These could include: volunteering in a community garden or for an environmental charity, taking part in a community clean-up (e.g. litter picking), starting an environmental initiative at their school or youth group, promoting the protection of the environment and any other projects where they have been positively impacting the environment.

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