Brand-new Treloar Talks event raises over £1,000 as guests are entertained and inspired by a wide array of brilliant speakers.
The inaugural ‘Treloar Talks’ event took place on Monday 7 March as over 100 guests gathered to hear an eclectic group of five speakers at Glaziers Hall, a stunning venue in the heart of the City graciously gifted by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.
With each speaker restricted to only 15 minutes, the luminaries shared vivid snapshots of their experiences and gave powerful presentations on current events.
Treloar’s Patron Sir David Brewer set the tone as the former Lord Mayor delighted the audience with tales of dressing up for the Mayoralty and the Lieutenancy – including a memorable anecdote about the trials and tribulations of tights! – which cast a new light on the politics and history of dress. Legendary newscaster Alastair Stewart, a familiar face from his years at ITV, talked about why the media matters, using current media hot topics such as ‘Brexit’ to highlight differences between print and TV journalism, while Lieutenant-General Sir Hew Pike shared a fascinating account of his involvement in the Falklands.
The final two speakers zeroed in on issues dear to Treloar’s heart. Paralympian Ben Rushgrove spoke movingly about his time at Treloar’s, the mentorship he received and how it helped him go on to win a silver medal in the 200 metres at the Beijing Paralympics and a bronze at London 2012. Born deaf and with cerebral palsy, Ben was never expected to live, let alone walk, and he offered the audience a unique insight into the mind-set needed to become a Paralympic athlete as well as the significance of his Treloar’s experience.
Chris Moon, sometimes known as the ‘luckiest man alive’, closed the talks with an enthralling account of his experiences, including imprisonment at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the loss of his arm and leg in an explosion in East Africa while clearing landmines. Delivered with his wicked sense of humour, Chris’s talk was an inspiring demonstration of the possibility of overcoming adversity.
The success of this brand-new event, which left guests inspired, informed and uplifted as well as raising over £1,000 for Treloar’s, promises a repeat performance in the future with new speakers and could be the first in a long line!