BRAINTREE students received prestigious awards for their contributions to schools and communities. 

The Jack Petchey Foundation presented 64 incredible young people from schools and colleges in Braintree with prestigious awards at an event at Alec Hunter Academy.

The event celebrated Achievement Award winners, aged 11-25, for their contributions to their school and college communities.

Winners received medals and framed certificates from the foundation along with a £300 grant for them to spend to benefit their school or youth group.

In addition, three adults were received Leader Awards for demonstrating an outstanding ability to motivate young people.

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They also received medals and framed certificates.

Braintree has received funding of more than £527,000 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since it started.

Winners included Felicity Bowden, 12, who goes to Alec Hunter Academy.Braintree and Witham Times: Felicity Bowden, 12, who attends Alec Hunter AcademyFelicity Bowden, 12, who attends Alec Hunter Academy (Image: Jack Petchey Foundation)

She was awarded the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for showing kind-heartedness, willingness and friendliness in helping students during the morning, break and lunch times.

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Despite being in a wheelchair, Felicity tries her best to take part in every opportunity available and gives her all, letting nothing stand in her way.

Felicity decided to spend her £300 grant on outdoor sensory activities and equipment and the remainder on a pizza party for her form class.