Supporters of the University are given a special 'thank you' at Legacy Afternoon Tea

Posted by tac22 at Jun 01, 2017 12:25 PM |
On Friday 19 May, we held our 4th Legacy Guild Afternoon Tea; to say a special thank you to those who support the University with a gift in their will. Such gifts contribute to the research behind our ground-breaking discoveries and many other projects, such as the launch and opening of the Attenborough Arts Centre.
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On Friday 19 May, we held our fourth Legacy Guild Afternoon Tea at Gilbert Murray Hall to say a special thank you to those who support the University with a gift in their Will. Such gifts have contributed to the research behind our ground-breaking discoveries and many other projects, such as our accessible and inclusive Attenborough Arts Centre.

As guests arrived at Stamford Court, they were greeted by staff and welcomed by our talented music-scholar string quartet, who created a delightful atmosphere for the entire event. Many guests were eager to meet our Special Collections’ Historian, Dr Simon Dixon, and hear about the history of the University through an interactive, digital version of the ‘Golden Book’. The original beautiful leather-bound book dates back to the establishment of the University in 1921 and contains a list of each and every founding donor of the University.

After a sparkling wine drinks reception, guests were invited into the main Hall where our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle CBE, formally welcomed guests, and reflected on the impact of philanthropic gifts and how thankful he and our university are for such generosity.

Michaela Butter MBE, Director of the Attenborough Arts Centre, shared just how important philanthropy has been in changing the lives of children through the use of art. Whilst Professor Alice Smith conveyed how a gift to her area of kidney research has transformed the lives of patients on dialysis. Dr Thomas Knott, a former recipient of the Sylvester-Bradley Award in Geology, which was established by a gift in Will, talked about how the award he received was a springboard to the success of his academic career. Finally, graduate and pledger Richard Lymon gave guests an insight into his personal motivations for leaving a gift in his own Will -to give other young people the same wonderful opportunity he himself had had.

With speeches over, Afternoon Tea was served. Platters of sandwiches and cakes adorned the tables. The room was full of conversation and story sharing, so much so that many of our guests didn’t want to leave – always a good sign of a great event. As guests departed they were given a leaving gift – a beautiful potted plant – our final thank you of the afternoon in gratitude for their amazing support.

Guests Afternoon Tea

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