A new film celebrating the partnership between the Jack Petchey Foundation and Panathlon, which is now in its eleventh year and has seen over £500,000 invested to date, has been produced.

To celebrate 15 years of the Jack Petchey Foundation investing in young people throughout London and Essex, 500 young people took to the stage for Ignite: A Festival of Youth at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sunday 15th March. The night featured young people representing some of the charity’s biggest programmes including Panathlon, the Speak Out Challenge, the Glee Club Challenge and Step into Dance.

The above film was produced by the Media Trust and was shown for the first time at the Ignite festival, accompanied by a specially commissioned music soundtrack, which was played live on stage on the night.

Panathlon Ambassador and trustee, Adil Ghani introduced the film and spoke in front of the 500 strong audience about the benefits of his participation within Panathlon over the last eight years.

The Jack Petchey Foundation was set up in 1999 and has supported an estimated four and a half million young people across London and Essex through a wide range of programmes, grants and award schemes.

This year, the amount invested by the charity in inspiring and motivating young people will reach £100million.  2015 also marks another milestone as founder Jack Petchey CBE will celebrate his 90th birthday in July. He said;

 I am proud of all the programmes we’ve been involved in and every single young person who has participated. The Foundation aims to help young people believe that ‘If I think I can, I can’, so that whatever their background, they will achieve, they will make a positive contribution to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives.’

To read more about our Partnership with the Jack Petchey Foundation, please see our recent news story.