The Jack Petchey Foundation celebrates young people from Harlow for their extraordinary achievements
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The Jack Petchey Foundation celebrates young people from Harlow for their extraordinary achievements

SIR Jack set up the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999 to recognise the positive contribution young people make to society and support them to fulfil their potential. Since then the Foundation has supported over 1.2 million young people through our programmes in London and Essex and invested over £170 million in young people and youth organisations.

Following Sir Jack’s recent passing, his legacy will be to continue the Foundation’s work to support young people, including celebration events that shine a light on young people and their achievements.

As Sir Jack Petchey, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, always said: “I am passionate about our awards programme, which enables young people to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements and positive contributions to society.”

The Jack Petchey Foundation celebrates young people from Harlow for their extraordinary achievementsThe Jack Petchey Foundation celebrates young people from Harlow for their extraordinary achievements

74 wonderful young people from Guides EW in Harlow were presented with the prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards, which were presented at a live event at the Queens Theatre.

The live event honoured the 11-25 year old Achievement Award winners from Harlow for their contribution to their unit. Winners received medals and framed certificates from the Foundation, as well as a £300 grant to use towards their unit.

In addition, 2 adults received Leader Awards for demonstrating their exceptional ability to motivate young people. Each received a medallion and a framed certificate.

The Jack Petchey Foundation has invested over £1.4 million in Harlow through our Achievement Awards Programme since funding began.

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, His Lordship the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, who presented the awards on the night, said: “I was incredibly impressed to meet all these extraordinary young women and girls. They each bring different talents to their group and through their work with the Jack Petchey Foundation they show what Sir Jack stood for. It is wonderful to see them receiving financial support for their projects.

Councillor Gerry O’Sullivan, Mayor of Havering, who presented the awards on the night, said: “This was a wonderful evening – such a worthwhile endeavour by Sir Jack and the Foundation. He would have been proud of the young people here tonight. Keep up the good work.”

Here are some inspiring stories from our Achievement Award winners:

Bethany Bradbury, 14, Harlow District.

Bethany won the Jack Petchey Achievement Award for her welcoming and friendly nature. She is a great example of being a “sister to all Guides”. She is always the first to make sure new Guides are welcome, happy and included. Bethany now volunteers at the local Rainbow Unit where she leads the younger girls, always lending a helping hand to those who need it. Bethany is caring and reliable. Despite feeling nervous at times, she always rises to the challenge and in doing so gives others the confidence to try too.

Bethany decided to spend the £300 she received from her Jack Petchey Achievement Award on a trip to the Outdoor Pursuits Centre in Harlow.

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