Guest speaker Alexander McLean talked about how he “found sanctuary at Worth” during an extremely emotive address to a packed Abbey Church on Speech Day.
Mr McLean, representing the charity Justice Defenders, spoke about his life and work but also talked about his strong links with the School and how Worth “allowed me to experience peace for the first time”.
Talking about Speech Day itself, Mr McLean added: “This is a beautiful moment to look back on the past with gratitude, at people who have shown us love.”
Having trained as a barrister and magistrate, Mr McLean went on to found Justice Defenders. He is a Senior TED Fellow, Ashoka Fellow and UK Young Philanthropist of the Year. He has appeared in TIME Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Changing the World and ‘The Power List’, featuring Britain’s most influential people of African and African-Caribbean heritage.
Thank you Mr McLean for delivering such a powerful speech. On Worth’s Facebook page, one parent wrote: “What an incredible guest speaker Alexander McLean was. Absolutely captivating. I won’t deny, I shed a tear and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.”