Jack Petchy Award IMG 6827Pictured: Demi Phillips (centre, wearing stripes) was awarded a Jack Petchy Award for her outstanding performance as an individual and a team member. She is pictured with her tutor Anisa Kazmi (left of certificate) and her class.

A childcare student who has inspired her classmates has been chosen to receive a Jack Petchey Award.

Demi Phillips, age 16, who has mild cerebral palsy, has gone from strength to strength academically and personally, and is considered a lynchpin of the group by her peers.

She was presented with a certificate and won £200 to be spent on something which will benefit the College. Nominees for the Jack Petchey awards at Uxbridge College, funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation as part of a national scheme, are elected by their peers and then chosen by the Student Council.

Demi said: “I knew I had been nominated but I didn’t think anything would come of it. I’m really surprised to be chosen and really happy too - it is nice to have recognition and feel people are proud of me. I love my course and I am so passionate about it, a few years ago at school I wasn’t that focussed or that interested in learning, and I could never have imagined being where I am now. Now I feel like I have got so much to look forward to.”

Anisa Kazmi, Demi’s tutor, said: “Demi is an asset to the group, and involves everybody around her in any task. To say thank you for her nomination Demi would like the £200 prize to be spent on a meal for her group and tutor.”

The nomination by her classmates recognised Demi’s part in keeping her group on task, her enthusiasm, and her commitment to achieving even with some additional challenges resulting from having cerebral palsy. She also created a business plan to fundraise for Great Ormond Street Hospital and hopes to put this into practice at some stage.