On Friday 8 September the University of Westminster hosted a celebratory dinner at the Langham Hotel, welcoming supporters, donors, students and alumni to celebrate the huge difference philanthropic donations can make.

The evening recognised the support of the University’s two top giving groups, The Robert Mitchell Society (RMS) made up of donors who give between £1000 and £10,000 and The George Cayley Circle (GCC), whose members give £10,000 and above.

Students who have been awarded scholarships,125 funding and international travel opportunities joined Chancellor Lady Sorrell and Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Megson alongside staff and alumni to thank donors for their continued support.

In the last year alone philanthropic donations have made possible the AlSadi Changing Lives Programme, supported by Majid AlSadi, which take students to Jordan to work on volunteering programmes for local schools; the Westminster Working Cultures programme, supported by Westminster alumnus Trevor Yang, which takes students to Hong Kong to experience the international professional environment; and The 125 Fund which offers students grants to support projects and activities that will enhance their employability and help them to achieve their full potential.

In 2015 philanthropic donations helped to restore the Regent Street Cinema and to this day donations continue to support the Matinee Classics series which offers £1.75 tickets for a classic film to the over 55s, followed by free tea and coffee and a dance class to help to support the local elderly community.

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The impact of these important projects was showcased in a short film, screened during the dinner, which described the difference that donor support can make.

The event was hosted by Westminster alumni, Lucy Earl who graduated from BA Marketing and Communications in 2016 and the evening’s entertainment was provided by Amber Creaven, who graduated from the BMus Commercial Music Performance Course this summer.

Speaking about the event, Chris Smith, Director of DARO said: “The support of our alumni and friends is really beginning to make such a difference to the lives of so many of our students. It was a pleasure to be able to thank our donors who have given generously over the past year to support the student experience.”

The University of Westminster would like to thank The Langham Hotel for its generous support of the event and to the community of supporters, donors and friends who’s continued support enhances our students’ experience.

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