Sam Cam praises work of UKAnne Frank char­ity

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BYBARRYTOBERMAN

IN THE week be­fore Anne Frank Trust UK lead­ers present their sub­mis­sion to the Prime Min­is­ter’s Holo­caust Com­mis­sion, the trust was praised as an “amaz­ing char­ity” by Samantha Cameron at a 10 Down­ing Street re­cep­tion.

Mrs Cameron told 120 trust sup­port­ers that she ad­mired its ef­forts to en­cour­age people to take a stand against prej­u­dice in all its forms — adding that Anne Frank’s story re­mained in­spi­ra­tional.

The event marked both the re­cent 85th an­niver­sary of Anne Frank’s birth and the up­com­ing 70th an­niver­sary of the ar­rest of the Frank fam­ily.

Guests in­cluded se­nior staff from the Anne Frank House in Am­s­ter­dam and young Anne Frank am­bas­sadors who spread the mes­sage of tol­er­ance in their schools and com­mu­ni­ties. Among the speak­ers was Joan Des­lan­des, head of eth­ni­cally di­verse Kings­ford Com­mu­nity School in Beck­ton, east Lon­don, who ex­plained the im­mense i mpact Anne Frank’s diary had made on pupils.

The trust’s work was pre­vi­ously cel­e­brated at Down­ing Street three years ago when Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne spoke mov­ingly about his vis­its to Anne Frank House, say­ing it al­ways re­duced him to tears.

Trust ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Gil­lian

Down­ing St re­cep­tion is ‘a great vin­di­ca­tion’

Walnes said the White­hall gath­er­ings were “a great vin­di­ca­tion of all the work our team is do­ing with 40,000 young people a year, giv­ing them the con­fi­dence to com­bat prej­u­dice. We have to keep mov­ing for­ward.” Its ex­hi­bi­tions were now be­ing taken di­rectly into schools.

Anne Frank House rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jan Erik Dubbel­man saw Tues­day’s re­cep­tion as “a mo­ment in con­tin­ual growth” for the UK trust.

“An event like this is only pos­si­ble if you build a pro­gramme with sus­tained high qual­ity.

“The trust is do­ing an amaz­ing job in reach­ing people across all com­mu­ni­ties and it is great that they have sup­port from the north of Scot­land to the Isle of Wight.”

PHOTO: ZOE NOR­FOLK

Samantha Cameron with trust chair Daniel Men­doza, Gil­lian Walnes, Es­ther Olu­sanya and Elissa Stod­dart

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