On 23rd November, Friends of Asha (GB) hosted guests from across Great Britain at a celebration of Asha’s 25th Anniversary at Westminster Central Hall, London. Many long standing friends of the work of Asha joined new friends and interested parties to celebrate the past 25 years and look to the future with a renewed excitement.
Throughout the morning guests were treated to a choice of engaging seminars and exhibition stands, including a discussion on ‘Poverty in Great Britain’ by Asha supporters and the former Chief Executive of the Church Urban Fund, Fran Beckett OBE.
In the afternoon, guests gathered together for a formal celebration with key note speeches from The Right Reverend, Andrew Watson, Bishop of Aston and Dr. Kiran. During his address, Bishop Andrew Watson praised the work of Asha noting that its success comes from a wonderful mix of the professional and amateur; ‘professional in the sense of using our heads, developing good strategies, appointing competent people, networking with those who can make a difference, amateur in the sense of doing things out of love (because that’s what the word ‘amateur’ means): a love of people, a love of God, a love of life itself.’
Dr David Finch, Chair of Trustees for Friends of Asha GB, closed the day by thanking supporters for their commitment over the years and encouraged them to remain an active part of Asha’s future, inviting them to join him again at Asha’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!