Everyone at Panathlon sends their condolences to the family of Sir Jack Petchey who sadly passed away on June 27, aged 98.

Sir Jack (pictured above with our now Chair of Panathlon, Liz Johnson, and former Outstanding Achievement award winner Isaac Harvey) was a passionate supporter of Panathlon and visited our competitions on numerous occasions.

The Jack Petchey Foundation has been absolutely vital to the growth of Panathlon. They are our longest-running funder, having given us our first grant in 2004 to help spread our impact in London and Essex.

Nearly 100,000 young people have benefitted through the Jack Petchey Foundation’s investment in the Panathlon charity in those intervening 20 years.

Sir Jack once said: “As a youngster I was passionate about sport and I think everyone should get the chance to take part. Young people with disabilities should get as much chance to be inspired by sport as anyone else. The enthusiasm, determination and joy on the faces of the young people at Panathlon events often moves me to tears. They prove our motto, ‘If you think you can, you can!’”

Sir Jack with then-Mayor of London Boris Johnson and Kate Hoey MP at our Outstanding Achievement Awards in 2010

Panathlon is one of the many charities across London and Essex that the Jack Petchey Foundation has supported over the last 25 years. Amazingly they have distributed over £170m during that time.

Every young person that has participated in Panathlon across London and Essex since 2004 owes Sir Jack a huge thank you.

Andy Sutch, Chair of the Panathlon charity for 10 years, said, “Sir Jack’s foresight and generosity has made such a huge impact on the lives of so many young people. Thank you from everyone at Panathlon.”