Monday 19 March 2018

Karen Spencer

The pioneering work of a children’s charity will be highlighted by its founder, Countess Spencer, at the University of Northampton later this month.

Lady Spencer, who was named by People magazine as one of the 25 Women Changing the World, will deliver the University’s 2018 Children and Young People’s Lecture on Wednesday 28 March.

Her charity, Whole Child International, is devoted to improving the lives of orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected children worldwide. It works to restructure existing children’s institutions to focus on children’s emotional needs, ultimately creating the possibility for healthy integration into society.

Lady Spencer was recently recognised by Her Majesty The Queen for her commitment and influence in working to improve the quality of care for the world’s most vulnerable children, when she attended the Commonwealth Diaspora Reception.

The University’s Dr Eunice Lumsden, Head of Early Years, said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Lady Spencer – the University is privileged to have a champion of early childhood and advocate for young children’s rights sharing her experiences.

“It will be an excellent lecture, in which Lady Spencer will be drawing on her extensive experience in establishing Whole Child International and her work on the frontline of policy and practice.

“I am sure she will challenge us to think differently about how to create innovative and systemic change that will enhance the lives of vulnerable children.”

The lecture is open to the public, and attendees must register in advance via the event page.

The event, held at Park Campus, starts at 5.30pm with refreshments, before the lecture starts at 6.30pm.

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