175th Anniversary Service honours our Founder, Andrew Reed "Thank you for such a wonderful day at Southwark Cathedral celebrating 175 years of Reedham. It was great to see, hear and meet alumni, children, trustees, patrons, ambassadors, the Bishop and future partners in such a beautiful cathedral. It was also interesting to hear about your exciting plans for the future direction of the Trust. It is inspiring to see that a charity with so much history is always evolving to meet the needs of today’s children and facing the future with such positive ideas to help even more families." ________________________________________________________________________ The magical history of Southwark Cathedral provided the perfect backdrop for Reedham Children’s Trust’s celebration of 175 years of service to vulnerable children and young people. 21st May, 2019 Our special day began with a flurry of early activity, including rehearsals and setting up the beautiful Retrochoir ready for afternoon tea. By mid-morning Reedham staff and Trustees were ready to greet our guests - over 400 of them! After the processional hymn, Revd Rachel Young opened with a warm welcome. Three students from Beaumont Primary School presented “A look into the past” which captured the story of our founder, Revd Dr Andrew Reed and the establishment of Beaumont Primary School. This opening performance really set the scene for the service. "Reedham is here today, on the 175th anniversary of our foundation, as testament to the vision, compassion, and determination of one man who wanted to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people. Andrew Reed is a legend!" Accompanied by Sue Freestone, Principal of King’s Ely School, two incredibly talented King’s Ely choristers, Emmanuelle and Indea, sang "Peace unto you" which utterly captivated the audience. This very special moment provided an opportunity for our guests to reflect, and think about their own experiences and special memories of Reedham. Old Scholar and Chair of ROSA, Tali Atvars who is a life-long supporter of Reedham read Matthew 25:34-40. Gigi, read with Tali and spoke with confidence and poise. Delores Taylor then spoke passionately about her daughter, and how she, “felt so honoured to have this opportunity to publicly thank Reedham for supporting my family”. A performance of Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré was then sung by Reed’s School Choir and conducted by Ian Carnegie, Director of Music. Delivering his Sermon, the Bishop of Croydon, The Right Revd Jonathan Clark said: "That is how long-lived institutions flourish: by really knowing what is in their DNA, what it is that is their deepest true nature, and being able to change the way they work and the things they do in order to remain true to who they really are." Jordan Ignatius spoke with honesty about his experiences as a young person growing up in Croydon. Now as Strategy & Operations Manager at Reaching Higher, Jordan’s vision is to "instill new hope into the young person who was told they’d never amount to anything". Reedham: A look to the future Deborah Welham, Chairman of Reedham Children's Trust announced Reedham's bold and exciting plans for diversifying our services in our 175th Year which will "expand our help to hundreds more children". Thank you Her Majesty the Queen for her continued support as our Patron. TFS Healthcare for sponsoring Reedham's 175th Anniversary Programme. With a special mention to our guests Sheriff The Hon. Elizabeth Green and consort, Mr Peter Green, and The Deputy Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Maddie Henson and consort, Mr Mark Henson and former Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Charlie Smith who attended and supported Reedham on our special day. PHOTOGRAPH GALLERY Our day at Southwark Cathedral by far exceeded all expectations! We were honoured to host our guests, including dignitaries, donors, corporate supporters, volunteers, alumni, community groups, family and friends. In 2019, we will continue to respond to the needs of our young people, as our founder Revd Dr Andrew Reed did 175 years ago.