Reception at the House of Lords
About 60 people attended a reception at the House of Lords in London’s Palace of Westminster, to raise funds for Partnership for Children.
The evening was hosted by Baroness Helena Kennedy, one of Britain’s leading lawyers and former Chair of the British Council. She told the audience that in her legal work she often had to talk at length to people charged with very serious crimes.
‘When you get past all the macho bravado, you so often find that their problems started way back in early childhood,’ she said. ‘That’s why I’m so happy to support Partnership for Children, because it’s so important to help young children to develop skills for life.’
Another speaker was Thelma Lewis, head teacher of Springfield Primary School near London, which has been running the Zippy’s Friends programme for the past five years. The programme helps five and six year olds to develop coping skills, and Thelma said the lessons stay with children long after they have finished.
‘If there is a dispute in the playground, it’s quite common to hear older children saying ‘remember Zippy’ when they are trying to sort things out,’ she said.
The reception saw the launch of a new leaflet to promote the Friends scheme, which allows people to support our work with regular donations, and many guests pledged their support on the night.
After the reception, guests were taken on a guided tour of the Palace of Westminster.
The costs of the evening were covered by Jupiter Asset Management and a private donor.