Pestalozzi celebrates 40 years of royal patronage

23 April 2013

Pestalozzi celebrated 40 years of patronage by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester last week, with an exclusive reception in Hastings, East Sussex.

HRH The Duke of Gloucester gives a speech

Local dignitariesHis Royal Highness and local dignitaries including Lord Lieutenant Mr Peter Field, High Sheriff Mr Graham, Peters, Chairman of East Sussex County Council Councillor Chris Dowling and Mayor of Hastings Alan Roberts met Pestalozzi students, Trustees and staff. They were joined at the Jerwood Gallery by local business leaders, entrepreneurs and Pestalozzi supporters to celebrate the diversity of Pestalozzi’s vibrant multi-faith, multi-cultural community.

HRH enjoys the giftHis Royal Highness spoke warmly about his long patronage of Pestalozzi, remembering visiting the Pestalozzi Village in Sedlescombe with Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Gloucester on their first official engagement as a married couple. Pestalozzi student Bharat Nepali presented His Royal Highness with a photo book spanning Pestalozzi’s 50-year history, and Pestalozzi student Yangkyi Lhatso presented him with a khata, the Tibetan white silk scarf traditionally given as an end-of-visit blessing.

Yangkyi Lhatso presents HRH with a khataPestalozzi Chief Executive Sue Walton thanked His Royal Highness for his patronage. "We face a significant test of our fundraising skills this year raising substantial additional monies to pay course fees for our students,” she said. "Having the support of His Royal Highness at events such as this helps us face the challenge with confidence.” Paul Evans, Pestalozzi Chairman, added his thanks and said, "We are looking forward to a further forty years of His Royal Highness’ patronage!”

The effect of Pestalozzi scholarships on young people’s lives shone through. Pestalozzi student Jennipher Musa said, when thanking His Royal Highness, "Had it not been for Pestalozzi, I definitely would not have gone to university to further my education. Thanks to all the support I received, I will be going to Smith College in the USA in August to study Economics. I also plan on going back to my country and helping my community.”

[Photographs by Cliff Willard/Novo Photography]

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