Jack Petchey receives CBE!
On Friday 16 March 2012, in front of friends, family and young achievers from London and Essex, Jack proudly received his CBE.
Jack received his award from Sir David Brewer, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, in a rather unique investiture. Sir David Brewer said this is only the second CBE honour he has been asked to present on behalf of HM Queen Elizabeth.
To watch the moment this honour was given to Jack - and hear his acceptance speech - click on the picture below.
Jack, who received his award for charitable services, wanted to accept the honour on behalf of the many youth and youth leaders who work tirelessly to set an example to others. He also wanted to recognise the role that Scouting played in his own development and the influence on his life and the lives of thousands of others. Jack wanted the young people to be able to share in a part of British culture that many are unlikely to see and also to know that achievement is a lifelong process!
Jack has become known by young people as their “champion” since he 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. The Foundation has invested well over £70 million in a wide range of youth initiatives including grass roots youth clubs, youth organisations, secondary schools and uniformed organisations throughout London and Essex. Jack is clear that “it is not about the money, more importantly it is about inspiring young people, helping them to believe in themselves and know that if they think they can – they can!”
The Achievement Awards programme enables young people to be recognised, valued and rewarded for their achievements and positive contribution to society. Jack’s vision and legacy, to support young people to take advantage of opportunities, is making a difference to their self esteem and in many cases changing lives.
Jack Petchey CBE said “I am very proud of our awards scheme because it sums up exactly what the Foundation seeks to do - raise aspirations, reward achievement and make a difference to young people whatever their circumstances.”
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