This years Queen’s Tower Society Annual Celebration continued the tradition of an afternoon tea to thank new and existing legacy pledgers for their generosity and share the transformative impact of legacy gifts. The virtual event was hosted by Professor Richard Craster, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences who introduced an interview with Dr David Mann, Reader in Cell Cycle Control from the Faculty of Natural Sciences. Dr Mann gave an exclusive tour of his lab and discussed his COVID-19 related research as a Molecular biologist. Messages of thanks were also shared from Elizabeth Porter, an Ash Scholarship recipient and Oliver Gooch, Director of the Blyth Centre.

Guests had the opportunity to enjoy a musical pre-recorded performance from Imperial College Symphony Orchestra. Soloist Irenke Huang, Design Engineering student executed an outstanding performance of Scostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

Anna Wall, Head of Legacy Giving, welcomed new and existing members of the Queen’s Tower Society and thanked the growing number of supporters within this community each year. In the last financial year legacy gifts contributed £5 million towards supporting students and research which is vital to securing the future of the College.

Anna invited everyone from the comfort of their homes with their globe inspired biscuit and hot drink to enjoy the picture montage of Queen’s Tower Society members, hosts from previous events and members of the Advancement Division.

 Professor Richard Craster and Anna Wall closed the event with thank you messages:

 “Please be assured that we are all here keeping the College, our research and our students going. We wish you all the best for the next few months and will continue to keep in touch. There may be difficult times ahead but together, we’re stronger. Thank you for your support.”

“Thank you for joining us and thank you to everyone involved in putting this online event – it’s a little bit stressful using this new medium but we’re getting better at it all the time! I hope you feel a little bit more connected with us now. Please do stay in touch. 

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite H.G. Wells quotes: 

‘Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe’. 

I feel this is more true today that ever before. With support from people like you, we can provide the education to avert the catastrophe. Thank you.”

You can watch the full event below, including interviews, the musical performance by Imperial College Symphony Orchestra and thank you message from Anna Wall.

The Queen's Tower Society Annual Celebration

The Queen's Tower Society Celebration is an annual event, usually held on campus. This year we celebrated supporters who have pledged a legacy gift in their will the impact of legacy giving.