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Essex philanthropist and businessman Sir Jack Petchey turns 96

20th July 2021
Posted by Aston Avery

Sir Jack Petchey, founder of one of the UKs most successful business empires and of youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation, turns 96 years on 19th July 2021.

To date, Sir Jack Petchey has invested over £143m from his businesses in opportunities for young people across London and Essex to thrive and be the best they can be.

In the 21 years since the Jack Petchey Foundation was established, over 200,000 young people have been recognised with a prestigious Jack Petchey Achievement award and over 10,000 leaders and teachers have been trained through the Foundation.

Sir Jack says his 96 years have passed by very quickly and he has lived life to the full. To celebrate his birthday, the Jack Petchey Foundation has launched a competition asking young people to imagine what the world will be like in 96 years’ time for the chance to win the grand prize of £500.

Jack Petchey’s Forward to the Future competition is open for entries now until 30th September from any young person aged 11-19 from London and Essex.

Entries to the competition can span a range of creative means to explore this topic – including writing, art, videos, music, photography and anything else that explores the topic of a positive vision of life in 2117.

Young people can view the full terms and conditions and enter the competition via the Foundation’s website: