85 young people from across Thurrock came together to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards.

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

They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements big and small but always for doing their best.

In addition, seven adults were also celebrated with Leader Awards who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people. They received a medallion and a framed certificate.

Thurrock have received funding of £1,355,770 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2001.

Chief Inspector, Claire Talbot said: "I have been truly inspired this evening by an amazing group of young people who are achieving so much. Their motivation and enthusiasm is overwhelming and they are a credit to their families, their schools and to Thurrock. It has been amazing to meet such fantastic young people."

Mayor of Thurrock, Barbara Rice said: "I would like to applaud the high level of achievement of the young people from Thurrock who once again have gone above and beyond. Sir Jack Petchey is indeed an example to us all, showing great tenacity in the face of adversity."