Young people rewarded for achievements in the community

Joel Merryweather, 14.

Neha Thakker, 18.

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Young people have been rewarded for their achievements in the community.

More than 200 students aged 11 to 25 received a Jack Petchey Achievement Award  as well as a cheque for £200.

The winners included 14-year-old Joel Merryweather, from East Barnet School. 

Joel took a lead role in a robot competition, helping his team beat off competition from other schools before going on to win at the nationals.

Neha Thakker, 18, also won an award after raising more than £800 for Barnet Young Carers and Mapledown School, in Claremont Road, Cricklewood.  She also gives up every Wednesday lunchtime to go to a care home for the elderly to teach them how to use a computer. 

The Jack Petchey awards scheme provides annual funding of £58,400 to schools in Barnet.

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