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Joined by 100 guests, whose donations Geoffrey pledged to match pound for pound, the evening raised an extremely generous £144,000 to support our work.
This sum has had a huge impact on our work, helping us to strengthen our cost-effective regional classics networks and spread our influence to new areas across the country.
It enabled us to start the year as we mean to go on, generating several multi-year pledges which allow us to plan our outreach work effectively and meet demand from schools.
So far this year, 80 schools have been in touch asking about financial support to introduce or develop classics in their school, and we have already supported 70 schools.
Guests at the event were enthralled by Professor Peter Frankopan’s talk which proposed that classics should not be confined to Rome, Athens and Sparta, the Mediterranean and Roman Britain.
North Africa, the Middle East, links with China, the Slavic world, the Byzantine Empire, Ottoman Turks (the Crusades were written up in Latin and Greek), the rise of Christianity and Islam all came within the subject’s purview.
They also had the opportunity to learn about the work we’ve done in Leicestershire, where the University of Leicester has been reaching out to local schools to introduce classics with great success.
We feature Leicestershire’s Lionheart Academies Trust in this newsletter, on page two.
Next year marks our 10th anniversary and we hope to build on the success of previous fundraising gala evenings with an even bigger event next summer.