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Girl guides from across Bexley and Bromley receive Jack Petchey awards

PUBLISHED: 15:49 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:49 23 September 2016

Jess Ascott

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They were rewarded at Beths Grammar School

Oyinkan OdumadeOyinkan Odumade

Nearly 90 young people from local girlguiding divisions received achievement awards last night (Thursday).

Beths Grammar School in Bexleyheath hosted guides from the town, as well as Bromley and Orpington as they received the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award.

The awards were set up in 1999 to help youngsters receive recognition for their hard work outside of school.

Winners aged 11-25 received £250 as well as medallions to go with framed certificates, after they were nominated by their peers and leaders for a variety of achievements.

Jess Ascott from Bexleyheath unit has worked with Brownies, helping support those with special needs and even one youngster recovering from cancer of the kidney.

Bromley north guide Oyinkan Odumade was rewarded after her work within the guides.

A spokesperson for the awards described the 27-year-old as “a conscientious, trustworthy and reliable young leader.”

Both Miss Odumade and Miss Ascott spent their £250 on equipment for their respective units.

Mayor of Bexley Eileen Pallen described her pride at the awards.

“I am so proud of the young people who have won the young people who have won these prestigious awards.

“I heard stories tonight ranging from someone who goes out of her way to support Brownies with special needs to a Guide who has been on international trips representing the country.” Said Cllr Pallen.

“The Jack Petchey Achievement Award winners have shown how much this generation give back. It gives me great hope for the future.”

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