The Burgess Hill Academy were pleased to invite Jack to give a special presentation to our Year 9 students on “Dare to Dream”. From the very start of the assembly, Jack engaged all our students with humour and humility. Talking about his background and how he didn’t let a difficult start in life stop him from achieving his goals. It is not an easy task to hold the attention of 180 13-14 year olds but Jack interspersed a strong message – “you can achieve, if you put your mind to it” with little anecdotes about celebrities that he had met during his time at Heart FM. “Absolutely fantastic” and “Really inspiring” – just two comments from students as they left the hall. We are definitely looking forward to inviting Jack back to inspire our Year 10’s.
Jack the Lad, famous for his award winning breakfast show and interviewing the likes of Ricky Gervais, Colin Firth and Danny de Vito has joined the award-winning team at the Love Local Jobs Foundation CIC.
Recently launched by Harry Redknapp, the Love Local Jobs Foundation CIC is committed to considerably raising the life and career aspirations of the next generation across Sussex. The Foundation leverages the positivity, influence and energy of the region’s best local employers and celebrities, inspiring young people to become the best possible version of themselves they can be.
Best known for waking up Sussex and Surrey on the radio, Jack is a well-loved character across the region. He describes his school career as "completely unsuccessful!” Following school Jack had a variety of jobs, including a short stint as a life guard, and was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time when his 15-year radio career was born.
Outside of radio, Jack is a passionate philanthropist and public speaker and together with the Love Local Jobs team he is looking forward to inspiring and motivating young people to dream big and strive for happiness, just as he has in his journey since school.
Jack said “I was already huge fan of the Love Local Jobs Foundation and I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining the team.
“I can’t wait to share my stories with as many schools and colleges as possible and to better understand the challenges our local young people are facing so we can find new ways in which the team and I can help them succeed.”
“Like all of us, I have had to overcome many challenges and stumbling blocks along the way and it’s these experiences that often make us stronger. The journey our future generations are on is not an easy one, but with a little help and experience from the team we can make a huge difference to all of them. I can’t wait to get started.”
Gary Peters, founder of the Love Local Jobs Foundation said “We’re delighted that Jack has joined the team to help us even better engage with and inspire the next generation across Sussex. Together with some of our amazing local employers we will continue to do our absolute best to ensure our local young people can thrive, irrespective of any barriers that may be in their way at this time.”
The LoveLocalJobs Foundation CIC receives no government funding and relies solely on sponsors and donors to help make these projects a reality. The investment of local philanthropy, resources and invaluable experience has helped set over 2,000 local young people onto stronger and more positive pathways, helping them to realise their full potential.