CAN co-founder and Life President part of VE Day anniversary


CAN co-founder and Life President part of VE Day anniversary

Co-founder and Life President of CAN, Helen Taylor-Thompson, was among the veteran marchers at the 70th anniversary of VE Day. 

As Britain marked the 70th anniversay of VE Day (8th - 10th May), our co-founder and Life President partcipated in the Pall Mall veterans march, in recognition of her work in the head office of the Special Operations Executive organising sabotage in France.


Read The Guardian article online: 'People don't forget': veterans mark 70th anniversary of VE Day

Helen's varied, but highly inspirational, post-war career has included fighting the closure of Mildmay hospital and becoming its chair when it reopened as the first hospice in Europe for people living with AIDS in 1988.  

In 1995 Helen, with CAN co-founders Adele Blakebrough and Lord Andrew Mawson, organised the Great Banquet - which saw 33,000 people in London sit down with people from every background to a meal. This event saw the beginnings of CAN, the launch of a network of social entrepreneurs who shared a commitment to tackle social problems through business.

In 2000 Thare Machi Education (originally Starfish Initiative) began and today Helen is chair of the organisation. Thare Machi Education (TME) uses interactive DVDs in local languages to educate children and young people against the disease.  

In 1990, Helen was awarded the MBE and in 2005 the OBE and the CAN team continue to be in awe of this truly amazing 90-year old.

Helen, we salute you!




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