BIG-HEARTED pupils from across Hounslow have been honoured for helping their peers, earning their schools a whopping £17,400 in the process.
A total of 87 youngsters from secondary schools across the borough were presented with Jack Petchey Achievement Awards at a ceremony in Hounslow's Paul Robeson Theatre last Tuesday (March 30).
Each winner also received a cheque for £200 to spend on facilities within their schools.
Chiara Fulgoni, of Gumley House School, Isleworth, was honoured for her 'generous nature' and efforts to support school stage productions.
The 17-year-old used her cash to buy specialist stools for drama.
Lee Saunders, 15, of St Mark's Catholic School, Hounslow, gained his award for helping with assemblies and learning how to use the lighting system.
His cheque went towards equipment for the school's drama group.
Jonathan Zola, of Hounslow Manor School, Hounslow, was rewarded for the leadership skills he demonstrated on a number of Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, carrying fellow pupils' bags when they were tired, and making difficult decisions under pressure.
The 14-year-old donated his £200 to the DoE scheme.
Antonia Bennett, also 14, of the Green School, Isleworth, was honoured for her work to develop and increase community cohesion both at school and on her estate.
Her money went towards the year 10 'celebration of success' afternoon.
All the winners, who were nominated by their peers and teachers, also received medals and framed certificates on the night, as did the five adults honoured for their outstanding leadership.
Students from Gumley House and St Mark's provided entertainment at the ceremony.
Deputy Hounslow mayor Barbara Harris said: "I am blown away, those two words sum it up, I am blown away by our youth."
Self-made London businessman Jack Petchey set up the foundation that bears his name in 1999, with the aim of helping youngsters aged 11-25 achieve their full potential.
The charity has donated a total of £195,000 to schools and youth groups across Hounslow since the awards scheme began in 2006.
For more details about the awards scheme and how to make a nomination, visit www.jack petcheyfoundation.org.uk.