Sir Jack Petchey and his wife Frances Segelman Lady Petchey hosted a glamorous Moulin Rouge Party at their magnificent Georgian house, overlooking the River Thames in London's Wapping, to celebrate Sir Jack's 94th birthday.
Situated amongst converted warehouses in this historic area of London, the hosts lavished Champagne, cocktails, and magnificent food on their guests, while entertaining them with cabaret, music, singing and dancing. The Upstage West End Dance Group, drawn from Theatre Musicals, gave a rousing show, featuring Can-Can dancers and Fire-Eaters, to the delight of the guests.Philanthropist and businessman Sir Jack Petchey CBE at 94, chairs The Jack Petchey Foundation, which inspires and motivates young people to reach their full potential. Born in 1925 in the East End into a working-class family, Sir Jack Petchey CBE left school at 13, and joined the Navy. After working as a solicitor's clerk, he unsuccessfully applied for management training, being told he would never make a businessman. However, he did not give up, and used his £39 pay off from the Navy to start a business. Through hard work, he went on to become one of the UK's most successful entrepreneurs and to create a multimillion-pound empire.
In 2004 he was awarded an OBE, and a CBE in 2011. In 2016 The Queen bestowed a knighthood on Sir Jack in recognition of his charitable work and for donating £100 million to a wide range of good causes, benefitting 500,00 young people a year. His motto in life is "If you think you can, you can."
Sir Jack who travels smartly dressed to his office every day, is married to the eminent sculptor Frances Segelman, well known for her busts of the Royal Family and celebrities. These have included her classic bust of The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Lord Julian Fellowes, Dame Edna Everage, Eamonn Holmes, Joanna Lumley, Alan Titchmarsh, Gloria Hunniford, Lorraine Kelly, Fiona Phillips, Cherie Blair, Vinnie Jones, Honor Blackman, Denise van Outen, Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh, and seven bronze groups for Harrods Egyptian Room.
Sir Jack and Frances Segelman are great supporters of The Stroke Association's Life After Stroke.