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, 15 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.

 Volunteer Police Cadets in London have received funding of £430,350 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2008.

Patricia Gallen Specialist Crimes and Operations Assistant Commissioner, “It is an honour to be here at the Volunteer Police Cadet awards – to celebrate the achievements of our Police Cadets and recognise their volunteering efforts, development of their personal and team working skills and their ability to challenge themselves and those around them. These awards have quite rightly shown the true face of young people in our society and to have the ability to recognise their achievements in this way is phenomenal. Thanks also goes to the many leaders who give up their time to support these young people and offer them engaging and rewarding activities that stand them in good stead for life beyond school or college. They really are unsung heroes!”

Winners included Boryana Vacheva, aged 17 who attends Kensington and Chelsea Voluntary Police Cadets. Boryana has been a police cadet for three years now and has shown amazing commitment to the cadet program. When Boryana first joined the cadets she had just moved to the UK from Bulgaria and was struggling with learning English, however since then she has become a lot more confident. Despite struggling with her GCSE’s and feeling extremely stressed, her results were excellent and she got into her first college of choice. On top of this, she is always volunteering with different projects, including supporting a summer camp for the young people who had been affected by the Grenfell tower fire.

Boryana decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a paintballing trip for the Kensington and Chelsea unit.

 Charlie Wood, aged 13, attends Hammersmith & Fulham. Charlie is only a recent joiner, but he has had the biggest impact on the unit more than any other cadet. He is renowned amongst officers in the borough and further afield. Everyone looks out for Charlie and his infectious smile and positive outlook. Charlie almost left the unit due to being bullied by others for his association with the Police, but to prove them wrong and show that he can't be so easily influenced, he has persevered. 

Charlie decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new equipment for his unit.

Lamya Al-Risheq, aged 17, attends Kensington & Chelsea Voluntary Police Cadets. Lamya is one of the longest serving cadets in her unit, having attended the Kensington & Chelsea unit for over five years. She recently received the commissioner’s ‘Cadet of the Year Award’ for her outstanding dedication to the cadets even though she is also a full-time carer to her mother.

Lamya decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a residential trip for her unit.

 Elli Silva aged 17, attends Westminster Voluntary Police Cadets. Elli is the joint head cadet of her unit. She has taken on responsibility of suggesting trips and activities as well as coordinating the spending of Jack Petchey Foundation grants. She puts in time to research the practice of other youth organisations to help run the unit to run more effectively. She has even shadowed our Chief Inspector on work experience.

 Elli decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a go-karting trip for her unit.

Sir Jack founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then it has provided support to a wide range of 2,000 initiatives supporting young people across London and Essex and has invested over £110m.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE aged 92, said “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”   

Kensington & Chelsea VPC