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HRH The Duchess of Cornwall hosts I CAN’s 125th Anniversary Gala at St. James’s Palace in support of the Million Lost Voices Appeal

On Tuesday 21st January we held a Gala Concert event in honour of our 125th Anniversary and in support of the Million Lost Voices Appeal with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at St. James’s Palace.

This prestigious event was made possible by the kind support of Her Majesty The Queen who has been the patron of I CAN for the entirety of her reign, and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall who hosted the event.

The centrepiece of the Gala was a concert by the London Chamber Orchestra, with a special appearance by I CAN’s Meath School Choir, the ‘Meath Singers’.

Virginia Beardshaw, I CAN Chief Executive said, “We were delighted to hold this Gala Concert with Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall at St. James’s Palace in our 125th Anniversary year. The London Chamber Orchestra and Meath Singers gave wonderful performances and were inspiring to watch and listen to. I CAN has a proud history of supporting vulnerable children who otherwise would have been left out of left behind. This event celebrated how our Million Lost Voices Appeal, which our Appeal Patron Dame Judi Dench OBE launched in 2011, is helping us to reach more nurseries and schools across the UK so that all children have the opportunity to develop the speech, language and communication skills they need to thrive in a 21st century world.”

Christopher Holder, Chair of the Million Lost Voices Appeal and I CAN Trustee said, “It has been an honour to Chair the Million Lost Voices Appeal for the last two years and raise over £2 million to help thousands of children across the UK who struggle to communicate. We are looking forward into the future, aiming to raise £1.25 million over three years to expand programmes and develop new services to help 65,000 children with communication difficulties aged 3-11 years. This event both celebrated what I CAN has achieved over its 125 year history but also looked into the future to highlight what together, we can achieve for children who struggle to communicate.”

This event was made possible thanks to the kind donations of Gala Concert sponsors Stonehage Charitable Trust and Tristan Capital Partners.