Bishop of Leicester and West Indies cricket legend to speak at charity’s AGM and awards ceremony

A Leicester-based charity which champions racial justice will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an awards ceremony and keynote speech from the Bishop of Leicester.

The Race Equality Centre (TREC) will be marking its milestone on Wednesday 11th October 2017 as part of its Annual General Meeting (AGM), at City Hall, Leicester.

TREC is a voluntary organisation which challenges discrimination and for half a century has helped people from all communities with finding solutions to problems of racial injustice.

Bishop of Leicester, the Right Rev Martyn Snow, will be presenting a keynote speech to mark the occasion which will be followed by an awards ceremony.

Chief guest at the event will be West Indies and Lancashire cricket legend Clive Lloyd. He will be joined by civic guests including, Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Lady (Jennifer) Gretton, Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Coun Kirk Master and Chair of University Hospitals Trust, Karamjit Singh along with many other guests and the centre’s members and service users.

TREC chair Surinder Sharma said: “This is a very proud moment for us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary as a voluntary organisation. We are not only marking the organisation’s achievements but the contributions and commitment of so many people who have played such a vital role and supported us in so many different ways over the past 50 years.

“The 50th anniversary celebration  is also an opportunity to recognise how much more there is still to achieve and this has been highlighted this week by the Government’s release of its ‘race disparities audit’ which shows  the extreme disparities that still exist in all of our communities.”

TREC has been in existence in Leicester since 1967 although it has been known by various names during its 50 years of fighting for ‘a racially just, fair and equitable society’.

It was initially known as Leicester Council for Community Relations followed by Leicester Council for Racial Justice, Leicester and Leicestershire Race Equality Council and now The Race Equality Centre.

TREC has worked to advise and support individuals, communities and organisations including schools, prisons, the police and refugee and asylum projects at a local and national level.

The awards to be presented on the night have been sponsored by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, The University of Leicester, Loughborough University, The Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, De Montfort University and The Bishop of Leicester.

The AGM and awards ceremony is at City Hall, Leicester City Council, 115 Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ, on Wednesday, October 11 2017. Arrival and registration for the AGM will be at 6.30pm, with the meeting to start at 6.40pm, followed by the keynote speech from the Bishop of Leicester and the presentation of awards. The concluding speech from Clive Lloyd will be followed by a buffet dinner.

For further information about TREC please visit its website


June Gomes


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