Thanks to the generosity of 90-year-old philanthropist Jack Petchey and his friends and family, an incredible £90,000 has been raised for the Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund. This initiative will help London’s stroke survivors return to the workplace following the devastation of a stroke.
(Jack Petchey and Frances Segelman)
The Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund was the brainchild of the philanthropist’s partner, Frances Segelman, who is a celebrated sculptor of both royalty and celebrity. Frances chose to mark Jack’s 90th birthday in a way that befitted the East End entrepreneur, who has spent much of his 90 years helping others.
In lieu of gifts on his 90th birthday, Jack warmly welcomed all friends and family to make a donation on his behalf to the Jack Petchey Back to Work fund. The funds, as well as a generous donation from Jack himself, will help to provide essential support and guidance for stroke survivors in London to return to existing work or to find new opportunities in work, further training or volunteering.
Stroke Association’s Director of Operations, Bridget Bergin, said: “The support we have received from Jack, Frances and their friends have been fantastic. Stroke is often seen as an older person’s condition; the truth is that anyone can have a stroke at any stage of their life. And when it strikes someone of working age, its impact can be particularly devastating. Through the Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund, we can do more to help people of working age rebuild their lives after stroke.”
The Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund will receive another injection of support later this month when Frances will sculpt Stroke Association Ambassador and Downton Abbey creator, Julian Fellowes, at a VIP charity event at the London Film Museum in aid of the Stroke Association.
The Stroke Association’s Back to Work service in London was initially set up thanks to funding from City Bridge Trust and fundraising by Team Sky, which is headed up by international rugby star, Michael Lynagh. Donations from the Jack Petchey Back to Work Fund will enable this much-needed initiative to continue.