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05 January 2016

Tuesday 5 January 2016

We’re really proud to celebrate with three fantastic individuals from across our membership that have been recognised on the New Year’s Honours list, as well as one of London’s most well-known funders of youth provision.

Adrian Koe, former Trustee of Downside Fisher Youth Club in Bermondsey, received an MBE for voluntary services to Young People. Adrian shared some inspiring stories about his experience in youth work with us at our AGM last year where he was also awarded the President’s Keystone Award which recognised his contribution to the club for over 50 years. We’re thrilled he’s been recognised nationally for his achievements to youth work.

Alison Grant received a BEM for services to Cycling. Alison volunteers for and is also the Chair of, Hillingdon Slipstreamers Cycling Club who are currently working towards the London Youth Silver Quality Mark after achieving Bronze in June 2015. We look forward to seeing more inspiring work from Alison and all at Hillingdon Slipstreamers Cycling Club in 2016.

Michael Pusey, known as CK Flash, received an MBE for his services to youth sport in south London. Michael created the Peckham BMX Club in 2004 which is still going strong, and is currently working towards the Bronze London Youth Quality Mark. Click here to see his inspiring interview with Sky News about his MBE and all things BMX.

Jack Petchey CBE received a knighthood in recognition of his charitable work at the Jack Petchey Foundation which he created in 1999 and has contributed over £100 million to a wide range of good causes, benefitting over 500,000 young people every year. The Jack Petchey Foundation recently donated a generous £75,000 grant to our My Hindleap campaign. This enabled us to build the abseiling and climbing activity tower at Hindleap Warren, which we named the ‘Petchey-fied’ Tower after Jack himself. The Foundation also funds our Getting Ready calendar of sports events and their support will enable 200 young people to become sports leaders in their local communities.

We know what a huge contribution members and funders like these four make to young people in London and we’re really proud to celebrate and recognize each of their achievements. Once again a massive congratulations from all of us here at London Youth and all the very best for 2016.