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Reach Society caps extraordinary year with awards show

Grace Foods & Reach Society Scholarship Winner 2017, Rio Reveira

THE REACH Society hosted its annual Recognition Awards and fund-raising dinner on Saturday, October 21 at the Royal National Hotel in central London with over 220 guests present from the world of business, education, the military and government.

The gala event also showcased the many young professional men and women who were recognised publicly alongside employers and organisations for their contributions to inspiring young people.

It was also an opportunity to celebrate Reach Society recently receiving the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The funds raised from the dinner will go towards staging the free careers conference and exhibition put on by the Society every April.

The Reach Society, a social action group which motivates and inspires young people to excel in education and seek a profession in life, has attracted quite a number of influential sponsors to support its work and many were present on the night along with many black professionals from the corporate world including Grace Foods UK, Victoria Mutual Finance Ltd, the RAF, KPMG, Network Rail, Brunel University London and the Ministry of Justice.

Following a four-course dinner, a number of presentations were made to honour the achievements of the young people within the Society. The first, Grace Foods and Reach Society Scholarship – worth £25,000 over three year – was presented to Rio Reveira who started studying at Brunel University in October. The GF and RS Scholarship trophy was presented by Grace Foods’ directors, Don Wehby, Group Chairman and Adam Reader, MD, Grace Foods UK.


ICE Books Reader Award Winner 2017, Dean Blackstock

The fourth ICE Books Reader Trophy was presented to Dean Blackstock, by Reach Society Patron John Budu-Aggrey, for reading a selection of books from the Index of Cultural Esteem books which are listed on the Society’s website.

Professor Bill Leahy, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Brunel University London, also gave a tribute address to Reach Society for winning the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service last June, after just seven years of serving the community.

The RAF’s Air Commodore, Adrian Burns presented 12 RAF Fellows Awards to outstanding individuals for their exceptional contributions to the Society, including Rene Carayol, MBE, Inspired Leaders Network CEO.

Victoria Mutual Finance Ltd’s Chief Representative Officer Leighton Smith presented four Victoria Mutual Champions Awards to outstanding individuals for their extraordinary contributions to the Society. They were Paula Rocque, KPMG; Dr Ashton Barnett-Vanes, Imperial College; Dr Nira Chamberlain, Mathematician and the 2018 Powerlist top 10; and Ritchie Neil of Software One.


Victoria Mutual Champion Award Winners and Leighton Smith CRO

Piers Storie-Pugh, OBE, DL presented the Corporate Champion of Reach Society awards to four employers who have been extraordinary supporters of the Society. They are Brunel University London, Grace Foods UK, KPMG and the RAF.

The next events on the Reach Society calendar will be the Networking Conversation on Friday, November 24 at the Meeting Place, Royal National Hotel, Bedford Way, London WC1 starting at 6.30 pm, while the seventh Careers Conference will be held on April 4, 2018 in Russell Square, London.

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