We’re celebrating the Life and Achievements of Sir Jack Petchey on his 98th Birthday! Join us in wishing Sir Jack Petchey a happy birthday! Let’s take a moment to appreciate his remarkable accomplishments, community work, and other interesting facts about his life.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up by Sir Jack Petchey CBE to inspire and celebrate young people. Since the Foundation was set up, over £160 million has been invested in programmes to benefit young people aged 11–25 across London and Essex.
After being told he wouldn’t amount to much at a young age, Sir Jack set out to prove that idea wrong. When he set up the Foundation, he set out to celebrate young people who tried their best no matter their circumstances. He wanted young people to have a voice and be listened to, to be inspired to give back to their community, and to have the confidence to achieve their goals.
If you’re reading this as a young person and you think you can achieve something, then Sir Jack would believe in you and tell you to go out and do it!
If you don’t know much about the history of Sir Jack, here are some interesting facts about his life:
- He was born on 19th July 1925
- His star sign is a Cancer
- His parents were Stanley James Petchey and Dorothy Irene Cubbon
- He has a sister called Joan and a brother called Douglas who is the eldest
- His Grandparents lived in Libra Road Plaistow with his cousin Ron
- He grew up in the East End of London
- He considers Stanley Road, located in Manor Park, as his first real home
- At the age of eleven he found work in the greengrocers in Manor Park, East London
- At the age of 13 he left school
- In 1939, he Served as Scout Police Messenger
- In 1943, he volunteered to join the Royal Navy
- He first got into the ‘property business” in 1954
- In 1994, he published the first CPO Newsletter, the Golden Beach News
- In 1978, he was appointed as director of West Ham United
- In 1999 he set up his charity, the Jack Petchey Foundation, with the inspirational motto “If you think you can, you can”
- On 27 May 2010, he was given the Freedom of the Borough of Newham
- In 2004, he received an O.B.E. for charitable services
- He has four children, called John, Jackie, Susan and Amanda – he and his family still take a keen interest in the Jack Petchey Foundation
- He loves playing squash and racquetball
- “My Way” is his favourite song
Happy Birthday Sir Jack Petchey! As we celebrate this special day, we also look ahead to our upcoming 25th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation in 2024. To stay updated on the latest news and updates about this remarkable milestone, we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter.