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Rest in Peace: Lord Joel Joffe (1932 – 2017)

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

It is with great sadness that we have learned that The Harbour Project’s Patron, Lord Joel Joffe, has died at the age of 85 in his family home in Liddington, close to Swindon.

Lord Joffe, who famously represented Nelson Mandela during the Rivonia Trials of 1960, and who became a leading human rights lawyer and advocate for social justice, passed away on Sunday 18th June following a short illness.

The South African, who was exiled to Britain in 1965, possessed an untiring commitment to furthering the voices of those suffering poverty and hardship.

He was made a Labour peer by the Queen under Tony Blair’s leadership in 2000 and was awarded a CBE in 2001 following his highly influential Chairmanship of Oxfam. Lord Joffe is recognised for his leading voice across healthcare services and the time, skills and inspirational drive he shared with a great many educational and charitable organisations – including The Harbour Project from early 2016.

President of The Harbour Project, Andrea Hughes, said: “Having been a participant in Joel Joffe’s human rights networks for the past 37 years, I am still amazed by his intellect, modesty, knowledge and compassion. This isn’t the end of his work and strength and discernment. It remains contagious.”

David Rowlands, Chair of the Harbour Project said: “Joel came into the Harbour family relatively recently but we were deeply honoured by his agreeing to become our Patron. His example will continue to be an inspiration to us long into the future”.

The Harbour Project’s visitors, volunteers, staff and trustees wish to share their deepest gratitude for the support of Lord Joffe, and to send their most heartfelt sympathies to his family and dearest friends.