On Tuesday 22nd October, Mildmay were invited to No.10 Downing Street, to hold an exclusive reception, hosted on behalf of the charity by Samantha Cameron.
Mildmay were incredibly honoured to be given this unique opportunity to talk about our work as Europe’s only centre dedicated to the rehabilitation for people with HIV associated brain injury. This year marks a landmark year for Mildmay, not only do we mark 25 years of HIV care in the UK, but we are also are also building a new London hospital which is due for completion in early 2014.
Invited guests walked through the famous black door into the grand hallway, then up the elegant staircase flanked with photographs of Prime Ministers past, to be welcomed by Samantha Cameron. The mother of one of Mildmay’s patients then spoke movingly about her son’s care and recovery at Mildmay “…My son is once again vibrant and healthy, and Mildmay has played a very crucial role in his ‘coming back to life. I am humbled, and deeply grateful for the care they gave to my son, and I am passionate that Mildmay’s very important work receives the support it needs and deserves, to continue to rehabilitate HIV patients, support families, and continue their everyday quest…”
Mildmay’s new UK hospital will provide more inpatient beds and greater space for Day Service, enabling us to provide life changing treatment, care and rehabilitation to even more people.
The evening gave guests the chance to meet Mildmay staff and volunteers, who were able to talk more fully about Mildmay’s work and why the new hospital is so important. It was also a unique opportunity to glimpse inside this iconic and historical building, where some of the most important decisions affecting Britain have taken place. To tread in the footsteps of so many, from world leaders, political figures and dignitaries to presidents and royalty, made for a truly unforgeable evening.
Mildmay’s chairman, John Richardson called for support for Mildmay as we embark on this exciting new chapter in our long history of service. He also gave thanks on behalf of the charity to Mrs Cameron for hosting the evening, and to all the honoured guests for attending. Mildmay are especially grateful to the excellent team at No. 10 for all their support and hard work that helped to make the evening such a great success.
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