On Saturday 1st December 2018, we held our Annual Open Day and AGM at The Amba Hotel in Charing Cross, London. The event, which we fittingly themed 'Vitiligo Under The Spotlight', given the recent media coverage of Vitiligo across multiple platforms, was attended by both members and non members, making it our most successful open day to date.
The conference started with opening remarks by Trustee Natalie Ambersley just after 9am and continued with Society Patron, Vitiligo Spokesperson and Fox News Presenter, Lee Thomas, who we were incredibly fortunate to have join us for the day. As our highly anticipated keynote speaker, Lee delivered a remarkable speech which gave insight into his life in the public eye. A mixture of both humour and emotion, Lee shared stories about his life as a TV presenter, interviewing the likes of George Clooney, Tom Cruise and Charlize Theron, as well as what it's been like living with a visible condition that is exposed for so many to see. For the majority of the audience members, the most poignant moment was hearing of Lee's chance meeting with a 3 year old girl who was scared of his face after she ran into his leg and became frightened when he bent down to pick her up. Ultimately, it was an incident that changed his life upon reflection. It was no surprise that the room fell silent throughout his 30 minute slot which had the entire audience fully engaged and wanting to hear more about his interesting life in the US.
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