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

Here at I CAN, we are honoured to be hosting a Gala Concert with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at St. James’s Palace in support of the Million Lost Voices Appeal on Tuesday 21st January.

This important and prestigious event has only been 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 is hosting this event. Thanks to our Gala Concert sponsors Stonehage Charitable Trust and Tristan Capital Partners whose kind donations have made this event possible.

The Gala will include a concert by the London Chamber Orchestra, the UK’s oldest chamber orchestra, with a special appearance by I CAN’s Meath School Choir, the Meath Singers.

This Gala is in support of I CAN’s Million Lost Voices Appeal. The Appeal was launched in 2011 by Patron Dame Judi Dench OBE. To date, the Appeal has raised more than £2 million and helped children aged 4-19 years with communication needs to make progress; reached out to vulnerable families with support and expert advice; and trained the children’s workforce to identify and help children with communication needs.

Christopher Holder, Chair of the Million Lost Voices Appeal and I CAN Trustee, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting a Gala Concert at St. James’s Palace with HRH The Duchess of Cornwall and our supporters, in support of the Million Lost Voices Appeal. It has been an honour to Chair the 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. I wish to thank everyone who has helped us to achieve so much since the Appeal launched in 2011 and we hope this Gala Concert will be both a celebration of what I CAN has achieved over its 125 year history but also remind us how much more there is to do.”

I CAN is celebrating its 125th Anniversary. We stand proudly today as an organisation established 125 years ago to support vulnerable children – a vision still upheld. For the past 60 years I CAN has worked to ensure that all children can communicate to the best of their ability, and to make sure that children who have speech, language and communication difficulties have their needs recognised and addressed.

This Gala is a wonderful way to celebrate so many wonderful achievements over the last 125 years and we will be sharing photos and highlights from the event shortly afterwards.