Journey to Justice

JtoJ Summer Fundraising Party

June 13th 2017, The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2FD, 18.30 – 23.00


For the third time at a JtoJ event, patron Baroness Helena Kennedy QC wowed the room, this time at our Summer Fundraising Party. She spoke about: the importance of JtoJ’s work and why she loves it; her family’s links with struggles for justice including the 1915 Glasgow Rent Strike and the positive signs of hope and activism for more equality now.  We were also delighted to welcome patron Dr Paul Stephenson and his wife Joyce. Paul was one of the leaders of the successful 1963 Bristol bus boycott against racism.

Compered by volunteers Tania Aubeelack and Arianna Assanelli, 80 guests enjoyed a night of cocktails (thanks to our co-organiser Susannah Sheppard’s generous donation of Xoriguer gin) and tasty snacks as they met each other and heard about JtoJ’s work from director Carrie Supple, Chair Chandra Vemury, trainers Martin Spafford and Parul Motin, Bristol JtoJ co-ordinator Dr Madge Dresser and fundraiser Roisin Gewirtz-O’Reilly. We showed short films about our exhibition, volunteers and training programmes.

“It was a really relaxed and yet exciting party…JtoJ is so with the zeitgeist!”

“A lovely and moving event, thank you. I was honoured to, briefly, meet Paul Stephenson.”

“It was a great event – congratulations. How does Helena do it? Just takes the microphone and speaks coherently for 10 minutes! Her speech was so inspiring!”

“I had a lovely time on Tuesday and it was great hearing people truly believing in this cause. Thanks for organising such a good and inspiring evening! I am looking forward to starting my journey to justice with your charity!”

“What a lovely fabulous party last night!  Many thanks, it was wonderful to be there and meet so many great inspirational people and enjoy a wonderful cocktail or two!!”

“Such a great and memorable event! All the speakers I heard were inspiring uplifting and brilliant.”

“What a wonderfully put together evening. What an interesting group of guests and volunteers. Such dedication and passion you have all instilled in everyone is fantastic. Beautiful beautiful evening – great food, atmosphere and generous heart. I was really happy and proud to be there.”

“I loved it!”

“A very special gathering of wonderful people. It was heartwarming, full of love and good will to make a better world. The room was full of positive energy that has enriched further the road of the journey of the exhibition. “

“Last night was wonderful. I loved speaking to your lovely lovely volunteers and to your charming new chair. The atmosphere was great; everyone was happy.”

“Last night was such a great and memorable event! As always I loved every minute of it……”

“Thank you so much for last night I really enjoyed myself. I had some really fascinating conversations with other guests. There really was a fantastic atmosphere in the room.”

“Well done, an excellent evening. Enjoyable and hopefully very effective!”

“What a successful evening.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  I talked to a number of interesting people who are clearly inspired by the work of Journey to Justice.”

“What a great party – thanks for the invite!  Very motivational speeches and I hope JtoJ makes a ton of money.”

“Thanks for a fabulous evening last night. I hope we got lots of donations!”

“A superb and special evening.”

Huge thanks to everyone who came and helped and gave to us. Your donations mean we can continue our work all over the country.

As we arrived home, the horrific news from Grenfell Tower, North Kensington was breaking…