Dr Maged Abu Ramadan Recieves Freedom of the City

08-Jan-2018

This week, Dr Maged Abu Ramadan, St John Eye Hospital Trustee and Mayor of Gaza, has been presented with the Freedom of the City of London in recognition for his role as Mayor, as well as for his charitable work with St John.

Dr Maged has played an integral role in many of the major achievements by St John Eye Hospital in Gaza in the past 5 years, including the build of our new state-of-the-art hospital, which has allowed us to perform at least 64% more major surgical operations in 2017 than the previous year.

Dr Maged was honoured at the Chamberlain’s Court at Guildhall in the City of London, in one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence in the City, and by the Chamberlain of the City of London himself, Dr Peter Kane. The Freedom was in the earliest times an essential requirement for all who wanted to carry out business and prosper in trade in the City, as it allowed recipients to bring goods to market without paying and tolls or taxes. In modern times the award tends to be entirely ceremonial given in recognition to individuals who have made substantial contribution to the lives of Londoners, to the City or society in general. 

Caption from L-R: Trustee Herbert Von Bose, Former Lord Mayor Dame Fiona Woolf, City Chamberlain Dr Peter Kane, Awni Abu Ramadan, Dr Maged Abu Ramadan, Miss Sondos Hassanin, St John Eye Hospital Chairman Nicholas Woolf, Trustee Guy Morton, Lord Prior Sir Malcolm Ross, Trustee Nicholas Goulding, Trustee and current City Deputy for the Ward of Billingsgate, Jamie Ingham Clark, at Guildhall, Monday 8th January 2018.

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