A toast to Cromwell

May 8, 2015

I discovered last night that the gala dinner in aid of the firm's nominated charity, The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability (RHN), was held in the sumptuous surroundings of none other than Austin Friars, the famous home of Thomas Cromwell, recently brought to life in the adaptation of Hilary Mantel's novel, Wolf Hall. The hall was also used in the filming of Tom Hooper's The King's Speech.

After Cromwell was beheaded by King Henry VIII, the property was forfeited and taken over by the Crown who subsequently sold it in 1543 to the worshipful company of Drapers for £1,200. The Drapers Company, one of the twelve great livery companies of the City of London, kindly donated the use of their magnificent hall for the RHN to hold their annual fund-raiser.

The RHN provides long term care for those with progressive neurological conditions, rehabilitation following brain injury, research into Neuropalliative rehabilitation and training and education for both medical professionals and volunteers alike. WSM, who sponsored a table at this years event, have committed to supporting charitable events and fund raising activity for RHN throughout 2015. The gala evening raised over £100,000 for the Royal Hospital.

Paul Windsor