Jack Petchey Foundation recognises young people from Harlow for amazing achievements

Communities / Thu 11th Jul 2024 at 12:39pm

SIR Jack founded the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contributions young people make to society and to support them in achieving their potential. Since then, the Foundation has supported over 1.2m young people through our programmes across London and Essex and has invested over £170m in young people and youth organisations.

Following his recent passing, Sir Jack’s legacy will be the continuing work of the Foundation to support young people. This includes the celebration events that shine a light on young people and their achievements.

As Sir Jack Petchey CBE always said: “I am passionate about our awards scheme which enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”

74 incredible young people from Guides EW in Harlow received their prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at a live event at Queens Theatre.

The live event celebrated Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 from Harlow for their contributions to their unit, where winners received medallions and framed certificates from the Foundation along with a £300 grant for them to spend to benefit their unit.

In addition, 2 adults were awarded Leader Awards for demonstrating outstanding ability to motivate young people. They each received a medallion and a framed certificate.

The Jack Petchey Foundation has invested over £1.4m in Harlow through our Achievement Award Scheme, since funding started.

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, who handed out the awards on the night, said: “I was incredibly impressed meeting all these remarkable young girls and women. Each one brings different talents to their groups and through their association with the Jack Petchey Foundation, they are demonstrating what Sir Jack stood for. It’s lovely to see they are receiving financial support towards their projects.

Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan, Mayor of Havering, who handed out the awards on the night, said: “It’s been a wonderful evening – such a worthwhile endeavour by Sir Jack and the Foundation. He would be proud of the young people here this evening. Long may it continue.”

Here are a few inspiring stories from our Achievement Award Winners:

Bethany Bradbury, 14, Harlow District.

Bethany won the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for her welcoming and kind nature. She is an excellent example of being a ‘sister to all Guides’. She is always the first to ensure that new Guides are welcomed, happy and included. Bethany is now volunteering with a local Rainbow unit, where she is leading the younger girls, always providing a helping hand to those who need it. Bethany is caring and she can always be relied upon. Despite feeling nervous at times, she always gives every challenge a go, and by doing this, she gives others the confidence to try too.

Bethany decided to spend her £300 Jack Petchey Achievement Award Grant on a trip to Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Harlow.

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3 Comments for Jack Petchey Foundation recognises young people from Harlow for amazing achievements:

2024-07-11 17:49:16

Sir Jack's belief in our young led to decades of positive mentors leaving our schools. His family, loved ones and friends rightly feel proud of Sir Jacks achievements and positivity.

Harlow resident
2024-07-11 19:29:09

Well done to the youngsters who are doing good work in their community and are often maligned. Keep up the good work.

David Carter
2024-07-12 07:31:48

Sir Jack was a real man of the people and he wanted youngsters to succeed in life. He did this by giving them a chance early. God Bless him and may he rest in peace

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