This evening we were priveleged to welcome Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, who shared her experience with a large audience in the parish hall.
Lady Milena was one of 669 children who were evacuated from Czechoslovakia on the Kindertransport arranged by Nicholas Winton. Aged 9 when she left with her younger sister, she was housed with a family in England and made her home here.
The parish hall was packed for Lady Milena's talk, which reminded us of the awful horror and amazing goodness of which humans are capable. She shared many stories of her escape from danger, the sufferings of her family, and her emotional reunion with the man who had saved her life, and so many others.
The talk was arranged and introduced by our parish Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) representative Andrea Sinnott, who made the link between Lady Milena's experience and the sufferings of many today - children and adults - who are forced from their homes. This year the parish is supporting Iraqi Christians who are now trying to rebuild their communities after being forced into exile by Daesh. Money raised from donations tonight will go towards our ACN appeal; a donation will also be made to the Holocaust Memorial Fund. We are very grateful to Lady Milena for giving her time and sharing her experience in such an engaging way. You can read more about her and see a speech she made on the Holocaust Memorial Day website: click here.