Foreign and Commonwealth Office – June 2008

This was the DSMT’s 4th fund-raising dinner, but the first to be held in the splendid setting of the FCO’s Locarno Suite, whose elegant, towering rooms provided a wonderful venue for this black-tie event. Several Arab ambassadors to Britain, including the Palestinian Delegate, Professor Manuel Hassassian attended, and the event put the DSMT firmly ‘on the map’ as a charitable organisation.

The dinner raised over £29,000, the largest amount from a single event since the trust was established.  Organised by Director Mrs Jo Walker, who gave her services free of charge, the dinner was sponsored by Kroll, and the venue hire charge generously waived by the Minister, meaning that most of this sum went straight to fund projects in 2008-09.