Published on 07 November 2019

Lecture with London Metropolitan Police Commissioner helps raise awareness in Cambridgeshire

On the evening of Wednesday 30th October Ormiston Families held our 5th annual lecture at Trinity College Cambridge. Guests, including local residents, supporters and friends of Ormiston Families, enjoyed a fascinating lecture by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick CBE QPM and an informative speech from The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire and trustee of Ormiston Families, Julie Spence OBE QPM DL.

The Lord-Lieutenant provided hard hitting statistics around poverty and crime in Cambridgeshire a county of dichotomies and an insight into how Ormiston Families began and what we do today – supporting families in the East of England to build resilience and make choices to improve the life chances of their children. Her speech paved the way for Dame Cressida’s overview of her role, a fascinating insight into modern day policing and how the original values set out by London Metropolitan Police founder Sir Robert Peel in 1829 are still relevant today.

A Q & A session with the audience covered a range of topics including the need for children to be supported to remain in school and to build their resilience and confidence – therefore helping to cut down on the rates of crime and teenage pregnancy. These are issues that Ormiston Families and similar organisations play a vital role in addressing every day.

Gavin Lamb, Major donor and corporate fundraising manager says: “The lecture was a resounding success and we are so pleased to have welcomed so many supporters on the night. It was a real honour to have Dame Cressida Dick speak on the night supported by our trustee The Lord- Lieutenant Julie Spence. We have already received some fantastic feedback from guests.”

The event raised over £7,000 through ticket sales and donations which we are truly grateful for. We would like to thank everyone who joined us on the night and in particular to the support of Strutt & Parker for sponsoring the event, Trinity College Cambridge, The Lord-Lieutenant Julie Spence, Lady Chadwyck-Healey and Dame Cressida Dick without whom the event would not have been possible.
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