Young girl guides nominated by their peers for their hard work and dedication were awarded by the Jack Petchey Foundation at a ceremony this week.

Members of guiding clubs in Waltham Forest were among 47 youngsters aged between 11 and 25 to be honoured with medallions, certificates and a cheque for £250 each.

The event took place at Kenneth More Theatre in Ilford on Tuesday, March 6, and included awards for six leaders who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them.

Emily Huxley, 16, was awarded for helping new members and those with special needs. The teenager is passionate about helping disadvantaged people and has organised fundraising events for her local food bank. She used her cheque to pay for a cinema trip for her group.

Fellow winner Isabel Allum, 12, has had almost 100 per cent attendance at guide meetings since joining three years ago.

When MP for Ilford North Wes Streeting paid a visit to her group recently, Isabel conducted a Question Time session and impressed the politician with her matureness.

Toni Mehegan, 11, was awarded for reaching out to new members and finding ways to help them settle in.

The Jack Petchey Foundation has donated more than £320,000 to girl guides in east London since 2001.