Stephen Timms has congratulated Jack Petchey on “a lifetime defined by generosity” that has “given thousands of young people a better chance in life” after attending a ceremony in which Mr Petchey was awarded the CBE.

Jack Petchey, who grew up in Manor Park, was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by HM the Queen in 2011 for distinguished achievement for service to the community. The Jack Petchey Foundation – which he founded in 1999 – has made grants of over £70 million investing in 2,000 youth initiatives. In addition to his Foundation, he has sponsored the Petchey Academy; a Hackney school specialising in health, care and medical science.

Mr Petchey was invited to attend Buckingham Palace to receive his award. However, he declined the invitation in order to celebrate with “his people” instead, choosing to receive his award from the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir David Brewer, at a ceremony at Kensington Town Hall in front of young people from east London.

Speaking after the event, Mr Timms said: “Jack, having achieved a great deal of personal success, has devoted himself to giving back to the community he grew up in. He is an inspiration to thousands of young people in ondon – not least for his hard work, dedication and pride in his community - and thoroughly deserves this recognition from the Queen.”

AuthorStephen Timms