"Hanukkah and St Nicholas’ Day nearly coincided this year; they were only one day apart. We didn’t make much of a fuss with Hanukkah, merely exchanging a few small gifts and lighting the candles. Since candles are in short supply, we lit them for only ten minutes, but as long as we sing the song, that doesn’t matter. Mr van Daan made a menorah out of wood, so that was taken care of too"

The Diary of Anne Frank, Monday 7 December 1942

Thanks from our CEO

Our CEO Tim Robertson with a message of thanks

As we approach the end of 2022, I want to say how grateful I am to you – partner schools, friends and supporters of the Anne Frank Trust – for everything you have done with us and for us this year.

Because of you, our anti-prejudice education has reached over 70,000 young people in over 600 schools across Britain. The latest research shows that our programmes are having a greater impact than ever, and I’m very proud of our new achievements, for instance in online learning, mentoring of our ambassadors, and residential study trips.

We didn’t get everything right, and in my recent blog you can see the steps we’re taking to learn from our mistakes. We’re recruiting for new roles in our team that will help us connect more fully with the Jewish community, and these are just some of the ways that we will continue to learn, improve and grow in 2023 and beyond.

Thank you again for being with us on the journey – for helping us make tangible progress towards the world of peace and equality that Anne Frank longed for.

We couldn’t do it without you.

Impact report 2021-2022

Your support is having a real impact!

Our latest impact report 'Effective Against Prejudice' has now been published and is available on our website.

In partnership with the University of Kent we worked with experts Professor Dominic Abrams and researcher Katie Goodbun to evaluate the impact of our education programmes. 

Our 2021/2022 report includes comparative data from three previous years as well as the biggest response sample we have collected so far. This makes the findings more convincing than ever, and we are excited to share the results with you:

Key findings
- 84.4% of young people progress in their attitudes towards at least one social group
- This rises to 91.2% for young people in primary schools
- The greatest progress is towards Jewish people, with 52.3% of young people becoming more positive.

Visit our website to view an infographic of all of our key findings and to download a full copy of the report.

Our impact report

Our Anti-Bullying Week event

Young people learn to #SpeakOut with Alex Staniforth

To mark Anti-Bullying week (14-18th November) we held a special online event with adventurer and author Alex Staniforth. 

Alex shared his personal experience of bullying and advice on how to stand up for others and ourselves. Discussing how we can turn to people we trust and even report incidents anonymously, he highlighted that there is always something we can do to help those struggling.  

We were joined by young people from schools across the country who engaged brilliantly with the topic, asking questions and wanting to learn how they can #SpeakOut against bullying. A big thank you to Alex and everyone who joined us for this important event.

Celebrating Gillian Walnes Perry

Thank you to our co-founder and Honorary Vice President

First established in 1991, the Anne Frank Trust owes a debt of gratitude to the people who founded it.

Gillian Walnes Perry is one of those people. Gillian's hard work, passion and commitment to sharing Anne Frank's story to challenge prejudice is a constant inspiration. 

In order to celebrate her powerful legacy, we held an event unveiling a portrait of Gillian in our office in London. Current and previous colleagues, supporters and friends joined together to share our thanks and commit to continuing Gillian's work empowering young people to challenge prejudice. 

Our Annual Lunch 2023: Tickets available

Tickets on sale for our 21st Annual Lunch to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

Always a moving and inspiring occasion, this event brings people together to remember the 6 million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust as well as victims of subsequent genocides, hate crimes and prejudice today.

Annual Lunch 2023: Tuesday 24 January

Returning to our usual venue of the London Hilton, Park Lane, this year's Lunch will once again be hosted by BBC presenter Jo Coburn, with a poignant candle lighting ceremony, and a specially commissioned live spoken word performance from our young Anne Frank Ambassadors.

We are also delighted to welcome comedian and author of Jews Don't Count David Baddiel as our guest at this special event.

We do hope you will be able to join us for the Annual Lunch.

Tickets are £170 and include a three-course meal with wine. Tables of 10 are £1,700. For more information or to book your tickets please visit our website below.

Annual Lunch

Amsterdam: In their own words

Read more about what our Ambassadors learnt from their trip to Amsterdam

This October a group of Anne Frank Ambassadors visited Amsterdam for a study trip to learn more about Anne Frank's story and the history of the Holocaust.

Maddie shared her thoughts on the trip in this blog, and Esha reflected on her experience with a poem.

Mission accomplished!

We did it #ChristmasChallenge22

Over the last week we have been taking part in The Big Give challenge and we’ve just found out we’ve reached our target of £75,000 – all thanks to your support, and our generous funders Daphne Schild and The Reed Foundation who matched every donation.

Your donations will enable us to reach even more young people and schools with our vital anti-prejudice education programmes. THANK YOU!