On Monday 29th April, Sir David Amess MP met with children's charity founder Sir Jack Petchey to hear about the work incredible work that the philanthropist's foundation does to help inspire and encourage young people.
After a long and successful business career, Sir Jack Petchey founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to help young people achieve their aspirations. Since 2000, the Foundation has invested over £118 million in programmes for young people aged 11-25 across London and Essex. By supporting programmes from sports to science, internships and volunteering, the Foundation aims to encourage every young person to get involved in something new. The flagship Achievement Awards celebrate the success and hard work of outstanding individuals, with over 1600 participating schools and youth organisations in the UK.
Sir David said of the meeting 'It was a real honour and a privilege to meet with fellow Eastender and knight of the realm, Sir Jack Petchey, who has dedicated the last 18 years of his life to supporting and encouraging young people. I very much look forward to working with the Foundation to see what fantastic work we can do with young people in Southend.'
More information on the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation can be found at https://www.jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/about-us/about-the-foundation/.