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AGM/2014 CELEBRATIONS

 

My Dear Friends,

Where do I begin?  The AGM and our 30 year Celebration of Letís Face It in May were absolutely wonderful!  We had the greatest honour of welcoming HR Highness Princess Michael of Kent, our Patron to open our celebration.  HR did more than that, she humorously handed out the prizes to our Gold Ticket winners, entertaining us and most touchingly gave us a most touching account of her own personal experiences.  It was a joy to have her presence.

We welcomed our Letís Face It friends from all over the country.  Representatives from Wales, Kent, London, the Midlands, the North and Ireland.  There were ninety delegates some of whom had been with LFI from the beginning. Good wishes were sent from Japan, Canada, America, Germany and  Australia.

The venue at the Royal College of Surgeons was excellent, the catering was delicious Ė especially the Cream teas Ė nearly as good as the Queenís Garden Party!  Many of our friends wished the day had carried on until the evening as the  Networking with one another was bountiful.  For me personally, I was humbled and honoured to be present with such courageous and inspirational people.  Especially, our two Junior LFI members, Jonny and Ellen who was supported by her family all the way from Germany.

There were three panels of speakers, two of whom were professionals, each one told of their personal experience; how they coped with facial cancer, burns and congenital  disfigurement.  How they came to learn of Letís Face It and how we were able to support and help them.  They were truly inspirational.

The two young people stole the show and there wasnít a dry eye in the room. Jonny shared his story with us and then played us two short pieces on his recorder Allegro by Mozart and a special piece composed by his music teacher, The  Emerging Butterfly.  Jonny thought this really relevant for our LFI friends.  Ellenís speech touched our hearts and she  courageously continued sharing her story. To close, Ellen  performed an emotional display of modern dance, a gift she so obviously excels in. Our thanks to Felix, Ellenís brother who took so many photographs and also, my daughter-in-law, Michelle.   We hope you enjoy seeing the photographs of the day.

Love Christine