Legacy Celebration Afternoon Tea

Legacy eventImage: President & Principal, Professor Edward Byrne enjoying his afternoon tea with guests.

On Monday 27 April an afternoon tea was held in the Great Hall in celebration of the incredible impact of legacy giving to King’s.

Hosted by Professor Edward Byrne AC, President & Principal of King’s College London, the exclusive event was attended by alumni who have generously pledged to leave a gift in their will to the university, or those that have shown an interest in doing so.

After time for greeting both familiar and new faces, guests settled down to an introduction from Professor Byrne, providing an opportunity for many to meet him for the first time since his post began in September 2014.

The Principal spoke first about recent good news from King’s, focusing on both the university’s high rankings in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and its acquisition of the Aldwych Quarter on the Strand. He went on to highlight how vital legacy gifts are to the university’s future success:

‘Legacy gifts can make great moments happen; whether that be through a bursary or scholarship which provides funding for a student who, due to their background or financial circumstances, may not otherwise have had the chance to study at King’s. Or by helping to fund research, allowing our academics to make new discoveries and solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.’

He then introduced Professor Arnie Purushotham, Director of King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre. Professor Purushotham was in attendance in his role at King’s Health Partners, but also in a personal capacity, as he himself has pledged to leave a gift in his will to the university. He told guests about his fond feelings towards King’s, having been part of its family for 10 years, and he gave a fascinating insight into the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital.

‘I believe that the society that we serve relies on those of us who have a bit more, to share that more widely. Therefore, a legacy was one very good way of showing my appreciation for the society in which I have lived thus far and will continue to live hopefully for a long time yet.

This university has given me so much in a very short period of time, and I want to keep giving more back to the university, both in terms of my profession through what I do here, but over and above, long after I’ve gone.’

Image: From left to right: Professor Arnie Purushotham, Miss Mimi Doulton and President & Principal Edward Byrne AC

Referring to the Cancer Centre, Professor Purushotham spoke about King’s Health Partner’s vision of increasing the life expectancy and enhancing the experience of patients diagnosed with cancer through high quality treatment, research and education. He stressed how legacy gifts could help shape the future of cancer research at King’s by investing in the next generation of researchers.

Both speakers and Miss Mimi Doulton, a current King’s student and beneficiary of the Helen Hudson Choral Scholarship, then joined the guests for afternoon tea and enjoyed informal discussions with everyone around the tables whilst the sounds of the Choir of King’s College London played in the background.

Professor Purushotham, Professor Byrne and Miss Mimi Doulton wished to expressed their sincere thanks to all the guests, as well as those who were not able to attend, for their pledge or interest in legacy giving to King’s. The generosity of King’s alumni not only goes a long way towards helping the university’s current students, but also far beyond into its future and the society it serves.

Unfortunately on the day, we did not have the chance to hear Miss Mimi Doulton’s speech; instead she has kindly recorded a special message explaining how her legacy scholarship has had an impact on her life and studies here.

>> If you would like to speak to us about legacy gifts to King’s please email legacy-info@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 4700.

>> View more photos from the event on Flickr.

Article posted: May, 2015

 

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