Boys and girls from club units across London came together to receive a prestigious award.

Around 53 young people from Boys Brigade units across London came together for the Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards, where the winners received medallions, £250 and a framed certificate.

The young people, aged bwtween 11-25, were commended for various achievements, as well as five leaders for their ability to motivate young people.

A winner from the Barnet 4th unit, James Burke, aged 12, has been a regular member for five years, fully participates in all activities, and
gets on with any task he is set.

He agreed to changed teams in the Games Competition and helped the team come first even though he was the youngest member, and was named a real asset by his peers.

James has decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a trip for his unit to the company headquarters in summer.

Rev Dean Ayres, president of London Boys Brigade, said: "We are immensely proud of all of our young people and adult
volunteers, and events like this really give us a platform to celebrate their success and formally recognise them - which is fantastic for our organisation.

"The Jack Petchey Foundation has offered us unfailing support and encouragement and we are very grateful for the opportunity to acknowledge our young people and adult volunteers, which alongside the
financial support offered helps to enhance our programme and offer more and more opportunities to young people."

Boys Brigade in London has received £406,510 funding from the foundation since 2002.

The event took place in Kensington Great Hall on January 20 and Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Brian Salinger, was also in attendance.