HRH was greeted on arrival by Commandant Kim McCutcheon and the First Warden of the Clothworkers’ Company and Chairman of the Clothworkers’ Foundation, Mr Michael Jarvis. Over 100 guests were present together with FANY members and two of our WWII Veterans, Jean Argles and Mildred Schutz who both served in Italy but with separate organisations and met for the first time. The guests represented a range of different fields including Livery Companies, corporate business, and organisations that already support the FANY in a number of ways including The Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (Greater London and City), and the Ulysses Trust.
The event was an opportunity for guests to learn about the organisations the Corps supports and the roles members undertake to support the people of London following a crisis or event. This was achieved through a series of information stands manned by the organisations we support and FANY which gave members the chance to explain why they volunteer and what they have gained from their time in the FANY. The evening concluded with three speeches. The Commanding Officer welcomed everyone and thanked them for attending. We were delighted that Commissioner Ian Dyson of the City of London Police was able to explain the commitment we have provided to his operations over the past 40 years. We were extremely grateful to our Commandant in Chief for saying a few words in support of the Corps and the work we do.
The FANY are incredibly grateful to the Clothworkers’ Company for allowing us to use their magnificent Hall and for providing the support that underpinned the success of the evening.
Photography by Stewart Turkington.