In 1939 a young stockbroker decided he would organise an escape route for unaccompanied children fleeing persecution.
His selfless act saved 669 lives, a mere drop in the ocean compared to the millions under threat of their lives. But for those who were saved it meant that they had a life rather than almost certain death.
Those 669 children went on to have families of their own all of whom owe their lives to a single individual. Without his involvement in creating an escape route they would have never survived.
His name was Nicholas Winton. He died in 2015 aged 106.
As his son, I am working to encourage every individual to be aware of injustice, to make a stand when something needs doing, and to get actively involved and make a positive difference rather than sitting passively while waiting for others.
Giving talks and presentations about the role Sir Nicholas Winton played and his concept of “active goodness”, his story is a catalyst for change.
Recently in his name the family has also been raising money for specific projects which help refugee children.
Specifically the charities Theirworld under president Sarah Brown has been selected for their many projects in this area. These include their support for the double-shift schooling system in Lebanon.
This innovative concept provides education to Syrian children close to their homeland, using existing school buildings and teachers. Contributions we make to Theirworld are assigned to support for refugee children affected by the conflict in Syria and the region.
SIR NICHOLAS WINTON
On Thursday 3rd November 2016 at 12 noon GMT an auction of the belongings of Sir Nicholas Winton was held by The Swan at Tetsworth at their auction rooms and online. Details of items sold can be found here https://goo.gl/Iq4zMK
On Friday 20th May 2016 a memorial concert was held at St Johns Smith Square with music and readings. The concert which was organised by Glen Art raised over £5,000 towards refugee children.
On Thursday 19th May 2016 a memorial service which was organised by his children, Barbara and Nick Winton, took place at London’s Guildhall to celebrate the life of Sir Nicholas Winton MBE who died on 1st July last year aged 106.
Among the 400 people attending the service were representatives from the Czech, Slovak and UK governments, from the German and Swedish Embassies in addition to 27 of the ‘children’ he saved including: Lord Alfred Dubs; Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and Rev John Fieldsend. Other ‘children’ have travelled from around the world together with their families and the descendants of ‘children’ who are now deceased making up a group of around 130.
On Friday 1st July 2016 a Kindertransport 77 Years commemorative special train was run from London Liverpool Street to Harwich, with a programme of events in the town including vintage bus rides, a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance in the St Nicholas Church…for more information click here