More than 100 young people from across Sutton came together to receive their Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards during a ceremony at Epsom Playhouse.

The event, which honours the achievement award winners aged between 11 and 25, saw recipients get given gold medallions.

Alongside that they were handed a framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each, having been nominated by their peers and leaders for various achievements.

In addition, five adults were praised with leader awards - individuals who have “demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people”.

They too received a medallion and a framed certificate.

Chief Superintendent David Stringer, the Sutton borough commander, said: “We are so proud of our young people in Sutton. This evening was a great reminder why. Inspirational stories of achievement in all areas of school and community life.

“Congratulations to all of the award winners.”

Among the award winners was 13-year-old Jessica, who attends Carshalton High School for Girls.

She took on the role of the school’s ‘book pixie’, delivering books to the school’s local children’s hospital to help improve people’s days whilst there.

She was joined by Overton Grange pupil Tariq Bunya, 14, who helped an elderly woman get to the Post Office safely after she lost her way there.

In total, there were 101 Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Award recipients on the night of the ceremony at Epsom Playhouse on March 25.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE, aged 93, 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.”

Organisers say Sutton has received £630,038 in funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2007.