VICE-CHAIRMAN OF THE DRESDEN TRUST (Charity no: 1025905) dresdentrust.org
The Dresden Trust was founded in 1993 to help rebuild the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), one of Europe’s most magnificent churches. It was destroyed along with the rest of Dresden’s historical centre by British and American bombing in February 1945, in which some 20,000 people died.
Over £1 million (€1.5 million) has been donated to the Dresden Trust’s fund-raising campaign by thousands of British people, including the British Government and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The Trust had a new golden Orb and Cross crafted in Britain for the top of the cupola. One craftsman (Alan Smith) was the son of a pilot who took part in the bombing.
The Trust today pursues its mission of reconciliation through educational and cultural initiatives, memorials and visits. Under the Trust’s Dresden Scholars’ Scheme, boys and girls from the Dresden area receive scholarships to attend schools in Britain: about 300 have done so since 2000.
CHAIRMAN FRIENDS OF SUMMERTOWN LIBRARY (Charity no.1147612)
The Friends of Summertown Library have gathered over £80,000 to upgrade their public Library in Oxford. Work is due to take place in 2018.
TRUSTEE, BRITISH-SLOVENE SOCIETY (Charity no. 1027335)
The British-Slovene Society facilitates contacts between Slovenes in the UK and their friends in this country. It promotes knowledge about Slovenia and fosters cultural, educational and other relations. It organises a wide range of events, including an annual dinner, a summer picnic, a carol service, concerts and talks.
CHAIRMAN, EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD, THE BARON
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