Sir Jack Petchey CBE 1925 – 2024

Date: 28th Jun 2024 Author: Andrew Rush

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Sir Jack Petchey CBE, founder of the Jack Petchey Foundation, has died at the age of 98.

Sir Jack was one of the UK’s most successful businessmen, with entrepreneurial ventures spanning travel, property and investments. He is, however, perhaps best known by many for his commitment to supporting youth projects, predominantly across his home turf of London and Essex, through the trust that bears his name, The Jack Petchey Foundation.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established in 1999 and has invested over £170 million to date to support youth projects across London and Essex. Sir Jack was a dedicated philanthropist who had a fundamental belief in the need to support young people and strongly believed that by rewarding success and helping young people feel positive about themselves and their role in society, they would have the confidence and the inspiration to reach their full potential.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends and all of those working at the Jack Petchey Foundation during this very sad time. We owe a debt of gratitude to Sir Jack and the Jack Petchey Foundation for everything that they have done to support our young people and our leaders through his very popular Achievement Awards scheme, which has provided our Groups, District and County with hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding over many years. The Jack Petchey Foundation has assured us that the work of his Foundation, supporting and celebrating young people, will continue as Sir Jack’s living legacy.

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