More than 50 girl guides from around Croydon have been rewarded for their hard work around the community.

Since 2008, the Girl Guides in Croydon have received more than £200,000 of funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation and on Monday that number went up by £13,000.

Achievement Award winners received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each.

The 52 girls were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements big and small.

A spokesperson for the foundation had some glowing words to describe some of the girl guides.

"Celeste Heathcote, 14, attends Norbury & Thornton Heath Guides and has an amazing rapport with the younger Rainbows and Brownies, which creates a good bridge for them when moving up to the next section.

"She has gained confidence in her time as a Young Leader and now has a mature outlook. When she is not at Rainbows, the adults miss her input. Celeste has also pushed herself to try something new by taking on the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award."

The spokesperson also took note of the work done by 17-year-old Kirstie Lynch of the New Addington Guides.

"Kirstie is the Young Leader at the New Addington Guides and has been working hard towards gaining her Young Leader qualification," they said.

"She is a responsible and reliable member of the Rainbow and Brownie units, attending every week straight after college.

"Kirstie attends district meetings and always gives up her free time to assist at events and trips. She is caring and committed and will make a great leader in the future."