Posted on: April 26, 2017
On Monday night, Langdon celebrated 25 years of empowering independence for Jewish people with learning disabilities at our annual dinner held at the V&A. During the reception, 400 guests viewed a new exhibition, The Invisible Disabilities Revealed, specially commissioned for the anniversary, before being entertained after dinner by Phil Vickery MBE, former English rugby union captain and member of the World Cup winning squad of 2003.
Penny Mourdant MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, sent her congratulations in a video message, praising Langdon’s success in helping its members reach their full potential and particularly in gaining employment. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis also gave a moving tribute in person to the work of Langdon and the need for the Jewish community to support all those with learning disabilities.
Chairman Jonathan Joseph told the assembled guests, “This is indeed a night for celebration but those of us operating in the social care sector are now experiencing seismic shifts. Local Authorities have less money to spend and are changing the parameters within which they will support those with learning difficulties. Add to this the impact of the Living Wage and for the first time, Langdon can no longer rely on statutory funding to cover the basic needs of our members. We need to raise an additional 20% just to stand still.”
The appeal which raised over £400,000 was given by Lisa Hawes whose son Daryll is a Langdon Member. She said “Langdon has truly changed Daryll’s life. In many ways, it has given him a life. The life that when he was born, we never dreamed possible, and for which we are eternally grateful.”
The Invisible Disabilities Revealed - Daryll
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