The launch of the Foundation took place on the 22nd September 2011 at a reception in the Charing Cross Hotel, London. Some 100 people attended with a broad mix of judoka, business colleagues of the sponsor, Peter Taylor Associates, friends and trustees of the charity.
The Foundation’s Patron, Lord Tope, gave a witty but sincere introduction explaining why he had agreed to be a Patron and was followed by Ian Rose GB Paralympic Silver Medalist as the second speaker. Ian told us how he had travelled from a bullied child with bottle lens specs to World Champion and Paralympic Bronze (Atlanta) & Silver (Athens) medalist. He was quite frankly inspirational.
So who could follow that? Up stepped Bernard Richmond QC who gave a funny, crafted and equally inspiring speech culminating in his announcement of the creation of Ian Rose Bursaries to assist special needs judoka funded for the first 3 years as his bequest.
Concluding the launch Kellie Brabham, Special Olympics Gold Medal winner from Athens, cut a judo themed cake together with Lord Tope. The formal part of the evening being concluded the guests chatted and sampled the sponsor’s largesse till late. Some of those leaving, were able to observe Ian Rose and Branko Andjelkovich discussing and demonstrating techniques to each other in front of Charing Cross Station – a memorable evening!