The idea for the Afternoon Tea came from Hemani Modasia-Shah, an Ambassador and Trustee. As an Ambassador for some 15 years, she noted that she rarely spoke to the Board of Trustees, – “I’m not sure I could have pointed them out in a crowd,” she said. When she joined the Board of Trustees herself last year, she immediately proposed bringing the two groups together for an in-person event. Suffice to say Board and Scar Free staff unanimously agreed to such a brilliant idea! The lived experience of people living with scarring lies at the heart of our strategy – it only made sense for the Trustees and staff to meet and discuss our shared values and aims.
In the afternoon before the Update Event, we welcomed five of our Trustees and around 20 of our Ambassadors into the beautiful Lumley Library in the Royal College of Surgeons. Hemani got things started, and after some brief speeches from Richard and Head of Research, Charlotte, the afternoon was given over to delicious food and warm conversation.
We’re thrilled to say that the Ambassador Afternoon Tea was a great success! There were new friendships, lots of laughs, and some exciting fresh ideas for research and fundraising efforts.
After a brief break where guests waiting were able to have exclusive after-hours access to The Royal College of Surgeon's Huntarian Museum (special thanks to the RCS for supporting this), we welcomed more guests to the Lumley Library for our Update Event and drinks reception. The evening offered the Scar Free family – our enthusiastic supporters, dedicated researchers, and passionate Ambassadors - the opportunity to learn more about our Scar Free projects.
Our new Chief Executive, Richard Nugee, kicked off the evening by introducing himself and providing an overview of our research strategy. Some highlights of his speech can be watched below.