Jack Petchey Foundation has recognised young people from North East Essex Guides for their achievements at the Guides ENE Achievement Awards.

50 young people were presented with their awards at Charter Hall, Colchester last Thursday.

The event honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250.

Each winner was nominated by their peers and leaders for their efforts and contributions to the Guides.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was founded in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential.

It has since supported over 2,000 initiatives and invested over £124 million.

Dr. James Bettley, The High Sheriff of Essex said: “We have had an absolutely fantastic evening here acknowledging the superb contribution tat theses Guides made to their communities; the time they give up, their array of achievements and generally their commitment to themselves and those around them.

“Well done to everyone recognised here tonight.”

Aisling Held, aged 12 from Witham received an award for throwing herself into everything that Girlguiding has to offer.

She is a key member of her Unit in organising activities within her patrol as well as helping out younger members of the Unit.

Away from guiding Aisling is also a keen gymnast, competing for her club above her age group, recently winning with her floor routine.

Winners also get to choose how to spend their award money to the benefit of their club or school.