12 June 2019 was the 90th anniversary of Anne Frank’s birth.
We marked the occasion with two prestigious events:
A lunchtime reception at Speaker’s House, the Palace of Westminster, hosted by a number of our young Anne Frank Ambassadors. Speakers included James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, our Chief Executive, Tim Robertson and presentations were made by three Anne Frank Ambassadors from Batley in Yorkshire.
James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government at our Palace of Westminster reception on 12 June.
The event culminated in the unveiling, by Eva Schloss MBE, of a portrait of Anne Frank at 90 created by renowned artist Fiona Graham-Mackay.
The Anne Frank Trust UK Gala Dinner
An evening event was held at The Grand Connaught Rooms in Covent Garden attracting over 250 guests, who joined us for a unique celebration of Anne Frank’s life and legacy.
Opening the event was Rachel, from London, a young Anne Frank Ambassador, who spoke movingly about her experience of working with the Trust. She introduced to the stage the wonderful Eva Schloss MBE, Holocaust survivor and Anne Frank’s posthumous stepsister. Eva was our guest of honour for the evening.
A fun game of Heads and Tails ensued with a sea of hands on both ‘heads’ and ‘bottoms’ as guests enjoyed the game of chance, with only a flick of a coin determining if they won or lost. After dinner guests were treated to an appearance by our special guest Kenneth Branagh – the many times Oscar-nominated actor, director and producer captivated guests with a remarkable speech. The evening came to a close with entertainment from the award-winning blues artist, the legendary Elkie Brooks.
A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported the event. It was a fantastic night and with the help of a lively auction and very generous donations we raised over £140,000 for the work of the Anne Frank Trust UK.