The Jack Petchey Foundation, Panathlon’s longest-serving supporter, has announced record new investment into the charity.

The Foundation, which has supported Panathlon’s work in providing sporting opportunities to disabled young people in London and Essex for 12 years, has handed over a cheque for £99,958, meaning that its total investment in the charity has now exceeded £600,000.

The cheque was presented at Panathlon’s recent East London final to Panathlon patron and Paralympic Champion Danny Crates by Schenell Stephens, Grants Officer for the Jack Petchey Foundation (pictured above).

Danny said: “Thanks to this support from the Jack Petchey Foundation we can get many more young people involved in Panathlon.

Danny Crates congratulating a Panathlete at the recent East London final

“Even though Panathlon was around long before the London Olympics, it has really grown since 2012 thanks to the support of partners like the Jack Petchey Foundation. I really feel people’s eyes have been opened with regards to the power of disability sport and what it can do for young people.”

Schenell said: “Panathlon provides a fantastic opportunity for young people with disabilities to engage in sport and with each other. It’s great for us at the Foundation to come along to these events and see the impact our funding is directly having on the lives of so many schoolchildren thanks to Panathlon.”

The cheque will enable Panathlon to support 2,000 children in specially-adapted sports across 50 competitions in London and Essex. It will also fund 45 courses to train 450 Young Leaders who officiate in Panathlon competitions.

Schenell added: “We are also very proud that this funding will help to engage Young Leaders to deliver the programmes.”

Panathlon’s top individual honour is the Jack Petchey Outstanding Achievement Award. This was presented to Dagenham teenager Georgina Hart last year.