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Gateway wins award

5th October 2015
Posted by Danny Lawrence

Gateway 97.8 from Basildon wins Jack Petchey Crystal award

The Jack Petchey Crystal Awards at City Hall, London on Friday 2nd October mark the 15th anniversary of the Jack Petchey Foundation and the milestone of having invested £100m to youth projects in London and Essex. In a special gesture to mark the occasion £225,000 of grant awards were given on the night to 150 youth groups specially selected for their outstanding work.

Gateway 97.8 in Basildon was one of the 150 groups chosen to receive £1500 to continue its work with training and for a summer school in 2016
Danny lawrence Director at the station attended the event at London city hall

The founder, Jack Petchey left school aged 13 with no qualifications yet went on to become a multi-millionaire. His driving ambition has been to inspire and motivate young people and give them positive encouragement to achieve.

Jack Petchey CBE said “I am proud of all the programmes we’ve been involved in and every single young person who has participated. We aim to help young people believe that ‘If I think I can, I can’, so that whatever their background, they will achieve, they will make positive contributions to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives. I am so committed to this that aged 90 I still come to the office every day. It is why we have given £100m to realise this.

The Crystal Awards recognise some of the amazing organisations that support young people and share our vision.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said “As Mayor of London I have seen that the work of the Jack Petchey Foundation is inspirational and really motivates the young people of London and Essex to achieve!”

Dame Helen Mirren said “I am so proud to be a Patron of the Jack Petchey Foundation.

It truly is inspirational to see so many young lives transformed as they come to believe in themselves and in what they can achieve.

Happy 15th Anniversary Celebrations.”