The Metropolitan & City Police Orphans Fund were delighted our Patron The Duke of Cambridge was able to join us during our 80th Anniversary celebrations at the Guildhall on 27th September 2017.
The event was attended by over 300 guests including families who are supported by our fund, the Fund’s Management Board, Sponsors and others who support the Fund in various ways. We were also honoured Sheriff William Russell (Alderman) representing The Lord Mayor, Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey and City of London Police Deputy Commissioner Alastair Sutherland (also the Vice Chairman of our Management Board) were able to attend.
Every attendee was presented with a medallion by our Chairman and Vice Chairman on their arrival. Historically when the Orphanage was open and received a Royal visit a medallion was presented and the new one was based on the original design.
The Duke was welcomed on behalf of the fund by our Chairman Simon Ovens in his opening address.
The Duke made several presentations on our behalf to several young people who have been supported by the fund and also to Iris Orrell, a sprightly 98 years young and Linda Connell the daughter of Kathleen Fromings who had sadly was unable to attend as she was taken into hospital a short while before our event. Both were former residents of the original Orphanage which opened in 1870 and closed in 1937.
Following the award ceremony he met many families personally, some of whom had travelled from as far afield as Australia, Poland, Scotland and Wales.
We believe this is the first time so many of our families have had the opportunity to meet and it is hoped this will lead to the establishment of networking groups to add to the support they receive.
On conclusion of the day The Duke posed for a group photograph with the children and young people and photographs and a video of the day will be made available to them all.
The event was funded in its entirety by our sponsors without whose support the event would not have been possible and we offer them our sincere thanks and those of the families.
On behalf of our charity we would also like to thank all Police Officers from the Metropolitan and City of London Forces and Members of the Public who donate so generously to support our families.
Please follow the link to see some Royal Photos of the event: Reception for the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans fund
If you were an orphan or a relate who has benefited either directly or indirectly we would love to hear your story. We would like to publish stories highlighting the achievements of the Charity and its beneficiaries over the years.Tell us your story