NCH Old Boys and Girls reunion

Posted by / Monday 04 July 2016 /
Annual Reunion Group Pic 1

More than one hundred Old Boys and Girls from our former NCH branches were welcomed to our annual reunion at Watford headquarters on Saturday.

Over a buffet lunch and strawberry tea, guests were reunited with friends and some of the Sisters who looked after them at the children’s homes run by Action for Children, which was then known as the National Children’s Home (NCH).

They enjoyed sharing memories about their childhoods, growing up homes all over the UK and even as far away as Jamaica.

Our Chair of Trustees John O’Brien chaired the event and Chief Executive Sir Tony Hawkhead gave a presentation about the work that Action for Children is doing today to improve the lives of children throughout the UK.

"We were delighted to welcome so many guests who had travelled from across the UK to attend our Annual Reunion. Everyone enjoyed catching up with old friends and former staff members and it was a pleasure to hear about their experiences of growing up in NCH homes."

Chief Executive Tony Hawkhead
Annual Reunion Young Ambassador Rachel Musekiwa

One of our Young Ambassadors, Rachel Musekiwa, told guests about how she was helped by Bolton Children’s Right’s & Advocacy Service after she went into foster care and was having difficulty getting contact with her siblings who were placed elsewhere.

Throughout the afternoon guests watched old NCH film footage and had group photos taken with their friends. They also had time to peruse an exhibition about NCH branches, as well as a special exhibition about our Royal Patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, to mark her 90th birthday.

Annual Reunion Ray Trueman turns 100 years old

Ray Trueman, one of the Old Boys, was presented with a cake to mark his 100th birthday in March. Mr Trueman was appointed the first director of Jamaica’s branch of NCH in 1972 and played a pivotal role in caring for the children. One of those children, now grown up and accompanied by his own grown-up children, was at the reunion and said he considers Mr Trueman to be family.

Mr Trueman said: “I have been made such a fuss of today and I like that. The event has been fabulous, as usual.”

Another Old Boy, Dennis Erdwin, lived at Frodsham home, near Warrington, from 1936-1948 after his mother died and his father was unable to raise four young children on his own.

Mr Erdwin said: “When I tell people I grew up in care they look a bit concerned, then I tell them about how caring the staff were and how I’m still involved with the charity. I’ve enjoyed today very much and I enjoyed speaking to the Young Ambassador.”

Take a look at some of the brilliant pictures from the day!

Help us do more.

Your support will help us make life better for the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.