MEMBERS of an Uxbridge Boys’ Brigade unit were honoured in a ceremony at Kensington’s Great Hall.

The Jack Petchey Achievement Award honours the hard work of Greater London youngsters.

Luke Donker, 11, of 2nd Uxbridge, was presented with a medallion and cheque for £200 following his confident return after a period away from the unit to concentrate on extra school activities.

He joined a new section with older boys and has taken up new skills in band and drill work.

He said: “It makes me feel exceptional because I feel as though I have achieved something.”

He put the prize money to good use, helping to buy new gym crash mats for the unit.

A total of 49 others, aged 11-25, from the Boys’ Brigade London district received awards after being nominated by their peers and leaders.

The Petchey Awards were established in 1999 and have so far invested £75m in youth initiatives across London and Essex.

Founder Jack Petchey, 87, 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.”