On 5th October at London’s Middle Temple Hall, the Citizenship Foundation organized a fundraising dinner, hosted by Clive Anderson, to raise awareness of its work to boost public legal education for young people in schools.
The Citizenship Foundation has a new 10-year strategy to help more children and young people become active, engaged and motivated citizens.
“With cutbacks in education, the need to support citizenship has never been greater,” said keynote speaker the Right Honourable Lord Dyson, former Master of the Rolls.
Trustee John Cooper QC was impressed and “humbled” after witnessing the speech by 17-year-old Jack Felvus, a participant in the Citizenship Foundation’s programmes: “It makes me want to fight further for the rights of young people to understand what they can achieve in a democracy through being good citizens,” said John Cooper.
The Citizenship Foundation dinner helped make a direct impact on the charity’s ability to increase the scale of its activities. It was also an opportunity to network with guests from across the legal, political and business worlds.
Ex-Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades drummed up excitement for the charity auction which raised over £5,000 with prizes generously donated from brands such as Disney, Culture Alt and Sipsmith Gin and the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.
“It was such a great night. Clive Anderson was a fantastic host,” said Esther Jeapes, head of UK Know How at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, who participate in the Lawyers in Schools programme. “The auction was a lot of fun and while some of our wallets are a bit lighter now, it was great to raise money for the future of the Foundation.”