Since the sad passing of our patron, Alan Rickman, kind words and messages of condolence have been arriving from near and far. This is Professor Parveen Kumar’s tribute:
"I met Alan at the Saving Faces launch of the World’s 1st National Facial Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre. Before it started I was asked to go and talk to 'Alan'. I said 'Alan who?' and turning around found myself face to face with Alan Rickman! A totally unexpected encounter on the equally unlikely occasion of the launch of a ground-breaking Research Centre at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
All of us at Saving Faces are devastated by the death of our wonderful patron Alan Rickman. As recently as November 2014 he launched Saving Faces National (soon to be European) Research Centre at a free public event at London’s SouthBank Arts Centre.
Over 1000 people listened as in his magnificent inimitable voice he spoke eloquently and humbly about how the research carried out through this centre, the world’s first and only Facial Surgery Research Centre, would improve the physical and emotional treatment for all people suffering facial disease or injury worldwide.
A big thank you to all our friends and supporters who attended our annual carol concert on Friday night. Once again we were treated to some stirring renditions of traditional carols by the Chelsea Opera Group. We are eternally grateful for their continued support.