Sir Jack Petchey set up the Jack Petchey Foundation to inspire young people across London and Essex to work hard and reach their full potential.
Sir Jack was born into a working class family in the East End in 1925, left school at 13 and then joined the Navy in 1943. After leaving the Navy, he began working as a clerk for a solicitor’s firm. He applied for management training but was told he would never make a businessman.
Instead of giving up, Sir Jack used the £39 he was given from the Navy to buy a second hand car and started a taxi business. Through hard work, he proved them wrong and built a multi-million-pound empire.
Sir Jack’s experiences led to his passion to increase young peoples’ aspirations by rewarding their achievements.
|In 2016, Sir Jack received his knighthood in recognition of his many years of charitable work and in July this year he celebrated his 95th birthday!|
Sir Jack always says:
"If you think you can, you can!"