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Young heroes are honoured
7:40am Sunday 21st October 2012 in News
YOUNGSTERS from Thurrock were among 134 from across the region who were honoured for doing their best.
Corringham-born paralympic hero Danny Crates handed out medallions, certificates and cheques for £200 to young people, aged between 11 and 25, at the Jack Petchey Achievement Awards.
Danny said: “It’s been fantastic to follow an inspirational summer of sport with the Jack Petchey Foundation’s wonderful celebration of our young peoples’ achievements.”
Among the winners from Thurrock was 17-year-old Kayleigh Merchant, pictured bottom left, who is involved with the Thurrock Young Carers project in Grays.
Kayleigh was a carer for her mum until she passed away and now looks after her dad.
A spokesman for JPF said: “Kayleigh is a great asset as she has hands on knowledge of being a carer and relates well to other young people. Winning the award was a great way to show Kayleigh how much all her hard work is appreciated.”