Making a Royal Appointment

With royal wedding fever still in the air, the people of Cambridge are in for a real treat in June when Senior Director and Sotheby’s international jewellery expert, Alexandra Rhodes will be giving an illustrated talk.

Ms Rhodes will speak at a Cambridge Fundraising Committee’s wine reception on Thursday 9 June at Newham College in Cambridge.  She will talk about the Exceptional Jewels & Precious Objects formerly in the Collection of The Duchess of Windsor; offered at Sotheby’s in the original 1987 sale, and the subsequent auction in Geneva last November.

The Cambridge Fundraising Committee was set up in 2000 to raise funds for The Sick Children’s Trust’s Acorn House. Since it was established, the committee has raised over £200,000 through their programme of events that run throughout the year.

Alexandra has over 30 years’ experience within Sotheby’s International jewellery department and as a specialist she has participated in Sotheby’s major jewellery sales, playing a primary role in historic sales of various collections. She said:

“The Sick Children’s Trust is such a wonderful charity and I am happy to lend my support through this talk. The ‘Home from Home’ accommodation they provide is invaluable and it is heartening to know that such a worthwhile charity exists to support parents and children alike during what must be most difficult times for them.”

“Jewellery is a real passion of mine, having worked in this fascinating field for more than 30 years, and I hope to provide a real insight into these renowned royal jewels, and pass on some of my enthusiasm.”

Patsy Glazebrook, vice president of the Cambridge Fundraising Committee added: “With royal wedding fever gripping the nation still, this is an event not to be missed!”

The money raised will go towards Acorn House, The Sick Children’s Trust’s ‘Home from Home’ accommodation for families who are currently being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, and once it is open, the new Rosie hospital, where the charity is building a new house.

For tickets to the event, costing £10 (including wine) please call Nigel Bullock on 01223 311877 or email

For more information: Please contact Sarah Wallace on 020 79318695 or email

About The Sick Children’s Trust:
The Sick Children’s Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas. They believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child’s recovery.

Today the charity has seven ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals around the country where families can stay free of charge, for as long as they need whilst their child is undergoing treatment. There is a growing demand for ‘Homes from Home’ as children must increasingly travel long distances to get the specialist treatment they need. Over the years The Sick Children’s Trust has provided more than 35,000 family stays.

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