Jack Petchey was born in 1925 and brought up in the East End of London with few luxuries. He left school to work in an office for twelve shillings and six pence (62.5p) per week. After the war Jack set up his own car hire business which developed into car sales - by 1959 Jack was selling nearly 20 cars per week and had over 40 hire cars on the road.
By 1969 Jack Petchey had branched out into property development and through this became a leading entrepreneur and one of the most successful business men in Britain. Jack is still actively involved in many businesses and charitable enterprises.
The Jack Petchey Foundation was formed in 1969 and since then over £30 million has been given to youth programmes. Jack Petchey wants the Achievements Awards scheme to recognise:
“Extreme endeavour and to help young people to help themselves”
The Jack Petchey Foundation operates an Achievement Award Scheme in over 1000 schools and clubs throughout all London Boroughs. The scheme is open to any youth organisation working with young people aged 11 - 25 within the catchment area and over £2 million is allocated each year. The scheme is divided into three categories, the Gold Scheme is for mainly larger organisations, the Silver is for medium sized and the Bronze is for smaller; we have been accepted into the Silver Scheme.
Participating youth organisations such as ours select six young persons to receive an Achievement Award each year and the winner receives a framed certificate and a sum of money to be spent on a youth organisation or community project of the recipient’s choice.