Petchey award for Lachlan’s community spirit

The Jack Petchey Foundation has just launched Jack Petchey’s Community Nominations and award scheme to recognise young people from London and Essex who are helping their community during the coronavirus outbreak.

Members of the public are invited to nominate a young person they know via the Foundation’s website Winners will be awarded £50 in recognition of their community spirit.

Jack Petchey’s Community Nominations will be awarded throughout the current lockdown situation to keep young people motivated and celebrate their contributions to society.

The fourth winner, to be announced later today, is Lachlan Bancroft, age 17, from Basildon.

Lachlan is a member of Gateway 97.8 Radio Club, who are now meeting online and the young people broadcast every week from their homes. Lachlan set up a pen pal scheme in which young people from the club write to care home residents as a form of keeping them company while in isolation.

Lachlan has been writing to Marnorie, age 93, which has inspired others from the club to do the same.

Danny Lawrence, the club leader, said: “It’s such a lovely thing to do and helps people that are in isolation, giving great communication between people. We hope this little project set up by Lachlan will give others the chance to do the same and indeed we think worthy of an award.”

Lachlan said: “I am very honoured to receive such a fantastic award, which has come as a great surprise. I would like to thank the Gateway 97.8 Radio Club team for all their support and for giving me the opportunity to be part of their amazing radio club on a Saturday and helping many young people learn the ways of the radio.”

Members of the public wishing to nominate a young person should simply visit and fill out the form to submit their nomination including contact details and reason for nominating.


Mick Ferris

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