Gala Raises Support for Medical Care Among French-Speakers in the UK
Last December, the Dispensaire Francais-Societe Francaise de Bienfaisance (“DF-SFB”), also known as the French Clinic and French Benevolent Society held a recital and gala. The honored guests enjoyed a night of arts, music and formal dining at the elegant affair.
The gala was held at the residence of the French Ambassador to the United Kingdom, an exquisite building. Guests and supporters of the event, including Lady Jamil Kharrazi and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, celebrated the great work of the DF-SFB and raised funds for its operations.
The Important Work of the French Clinic and French Benevolent Society
The French Clinic ad French Benevolent Society help French speaking people in need. Up to 400,000 French citizens live in London, and many struggle to access healthcare. Even among French citizens who can afford it, some struggle with language barriers. The French Clinic and French Benevolent Society runs a clinic in the city that caters to French speakers.
London has had a large French-speaking population for generations. The DF-SFB was formed 150 years ago to provide support for French living in the UK. Despite many economic ups-and-downs over this time, the French Clinic and French Benevolent Society have stayed active. These two formerly independent charities merged in 2014, and they now serve yet another generation of French-speaking Londoners.
The charity has had several noble supporters over time, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Now, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall is the DF-SFB’s main patron.
The Recital & Gala Was a Royal Affair
As the patron for the charity, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall attended the Gala. Camilla celebrated with the other patrons, raising support and awareness for the work of the DF-FSB. Camilla and other philanthropists enjoyed an evening of fine foods and Opera in the charity’s honor.
The weather was a bit gloomy in London on December 13, 2017, but the musical recital at the event warmed attendee’s hearts. Celebrated Tenor Bryan Hymel and his wife, talented Soprano Irini Kyrialidou, shone brightly through the evening. The famous Opera performers took the stage with Pianist Olga Jegunova and wowed the audience with their musical skill. The recital was fresh and compelling, enjoyed by all in attendance.
Lady Jamil Kharrazi is among the many valued guests of the DF-FSB. She attended the recital and gala to support of charity and to celebrate its 150th anniversary. Lady Jamil has been a celebrated supporter of the arts, cross-cultural connections, and human rights for decades. Many of her efforts focus around building cultural understanding through the arts.
Through her own charity, the Toos Foundation, Lady Kharrazi has produced dozens of events to promote cross-cultural understanding between Eastern and Western cultures. Likewise, the French Clinic and French Benevolent Society helps bridge gaps between French speakers and their English communities.
Philanthropy is one of Lady Kharrazi’s greatest passions. She regularly attends galas, produces performances, and offers events in support of human rights, women and children, and the arts. By supporting these charities, Lady Kharrazi is doing what she can to make the world a more hopeful place.