|Memorial Service - London||Read description||Wed 15th Nov, 2017||Free|
A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Joel Joffe will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields on November 15th, 2017. Admission is free and open to anyone, although we do ask that you reserve a seat to be sure of a place.
Joel acheived remarkable things in his life in many different fields. As a lawyer in South Africa he was part of the defence team for Nelson Mandela, after which he emigrated to the UK where he helped found Allied Dunbar. He was involved in many charities; he set up the Joffe Charitable Trust with his wife Vanetta and was Chair of Oxfam for 6 years. He served as a trustee for numerous other charities including several in Swindon, near his home in Liddington. Elevated to the peerage in 2000, Lord Joffe continued to campaign for causes close to his heart in the UK and Africa. In his later years, he championed the cause of Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill.
Kind, generous and humble, he will be missed by many.
The service will be led by Rev Richard Carter and welcomes people of all faiths and none. St Martin-in-the-Fields Church holds a special significance for all who took part in the South African liberation struggle. Situated opposite South Africa House it became a rallying point for protest, including candle-lit vigils for freedom fighters condemned to death for their resistance to the apartheid regime. In 1994, the sculpture Victims of Injustice and Violence by Chaim Stephenson, which depicts the iconic image of Hector Pieterson being carried away from the Sharpeville massacre of 1976, was dedicated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in commemoration of the Church's historic role.
London, WC2N 4JH