In Memory of Sir Jack Petchey CBE

27th June 2024

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Sir Jack Petchey CBE on 27 June.

He led an extraordinary life, growing up in Manor Park and leaving school aged 13 with no qualifications.  His spirit and determination, combined with his entrepreneurial skills enabled him to build a multi-million-pound empire.  However, it was his dedication to philanthropy and his support of young people for which he will be remembered.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was established as a charity in 1999 and has invested over £170 million in grants to support youth projects across London and Essex. Sir Jack used his entrepreneurial skills to deliver a range of innovative schemes for young people involving public speaking, dance, sport and music. The schemes all aim to boost aspirations by rewarding young people’s achievements and encouraging them to take pride in what they have done.

Caroline Taylor, CEO at ECF said; “Sir Jack was an extraordinary man who fundamentally believed in helping young people to be the best version of themselves by giving them tools to develop skills and confidence.

“His work with local charities, including Essex Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, has enabled thousands of young people to participate in programmes which have tested their resilience, build teamworking skills and broaden their horizons.  In the words of their CEO, Martin Solder, ‘if you think you can, you can!’”

Sir Jack will be missed by all who knew and worked with him and by all the young people whose lives he has helped to transform.  But thanks to his foresight and generosity in establishing his charitable fund, his legacy will continue for years to come.

You can read the full obituary for Sir Jack here