Harlow’s Isabella wins Jack Petchey award

THE Jack Petchey Foundation 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 and a letter from Sir Jack Petchey 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 most recent winner is Isabella Curtis, age 19, from Harlow.

Isabella is the second eldest in a family of eight children, with three of her siblings having additional needs.

Since the beginning of COVID-19, Isabella has been helping her mother with the care of her siblings, organising activities and supporting them with their school work.

Isabella has also been supporting her grandmother, who has dementia, with day to day care.

Sue Howell, who nominated Isabella, said: “Isabella has overcome her own anxieties during the lockdown to support her family.”

Isabella said: “This award means so much to me and shows I am appreciated for what I do for my family and others. It’s nice to know that people do care and show kindness when we help each other out, especially in these unprecedented times.”

Isabella was awarded £50 from the Foundation and a letter from Sir Jack to congratulate her on going the extra mile to help others in this lockdown.

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.

We will read every nomination that comes in. We want to highlight as many of the entries as we can, and will choose multiple winners each week to receive a £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 for 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 Harlow since 2003 providing £1,183,665 in funding to schools and youth clubs in the local area.

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