An eclectic group of speakers took to the stage at Glaziers Hall in London in the inaugural Treloar Talks.
The event, which raised more than £1,000 for Treloar’s, featured luminaries sharing vivid snapshots of their experiences, with powerful presentations on current events.
Sir David Brewer set the tone as the former Lord Mayor delighted the audience with tales of dressing up for the Mayoralty and the Lieutenancy. Newscaster Alastair Stewart talked about why the media matters, using current media hot topics such as ‘Brexit’ to highlight differences between print and TV journalism, while Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Pike shared a fascinating account of his involvement in the Falklands War.
Paralympian and Treloar’s ex-student Ben Rushgrove offered the audience a unique insight into the mindset needed to become a Paralympic athlete as well as the significance of his Treloar’s experience. Chris Moon, sometimes known as the ‘luckiest man alive’, closed the talks with an enthralling account of his experiences, including imprisonment at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the loss of his arm and leg in an explosion in East Africa while clearing landmines. Delivered with his wicked sense of humour, Chris’s talk was an inspiring demonstration of the possibility of overcoming adversity.
The Treloar Trust, based in Holybourne, provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities from all over the UK and overseas.
To find out more, call 01420 547400 or visit www.treloar.org.uk