Jack Petchey Foundation
If you think you can, you can!

Celebrating £100 million invested in young people.

Hundreds of performers mark Jack Petchey Foundation’s 15th anniversary at Theatre Royal

Sunday 15th March 2015 saw almost 500 young people from across London and Essex take to the stage for Ignite: A Festival of Youth at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

The event celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and brought together young people representing some of the charity’s biggest programmes including the Speak Out Challenge, Panathlon, the Glee Club Challenge and Step into Dance.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up in 1999 and has supported an estimated four and a half million young people across London and Essex through a wide range of programmes, grants and award schemes.

This year, the amount invested by the charity in inspiring and motivating young people will reach £100million.  2015 also marks another milestone as founder Jack Petchey CBE will celebrate his 90th birthday in July. He said;

 I am proud of all the programmes we’ve been involved in and every single young person who has participated. The Foundation aims to help young people believe that ‘If I think I can, I can’, so that whatever their background, they will achieve, they will make a positive contribution to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives.

 ‘Ignite was an amazing festival with a fantastic variety of entertainment.  It was wonderful for the young people to be able to show off their talents, their confidence and their joy, and for us to celebrate them and their achievements. I couldn’t be more proud.’

Ignite: A Festival of Youth featured singing, dancing, theatrics, comedy sketches, an orchestral band, short film screenings and improvised spoken word, all created and performed by 11-25 year olds.

Take a look at the photographs of the event on our gallery page 

We also had coverage of the event on British Forces Broadcasting and ITV News. 


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Ignite was an amazing festival with a fantastic variety of entertainment.  It was wonderful for the young people to be able to show off their talents, their confidence and their joy, and for us to celebrate them and their achievements. I couldn’t be more proud." - Jack Petchey CBE
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You! London performing on stage