A Zulu Wars talk held earlier this month in the Great Hall of Victoria College has generated more than £5,000 in fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support (Jersey). The funds raised will assist the charity in continuing to provide high quality information, support and practical advice to anyone in the island affected by cancer.

During the event, which was sponsored by Standard Bank, Zulu wars lecturer and expert Rob Caskie offered a vivid insight into the bravery of the Zulu army that defeated the British Army at the Battle of Isandlwana and also that of the 139 British soldiers who were attacked by 4,000 Zulu warriors.

Claire Reid, Director of Marketing and Communications, commented on the success of the event: “We were delighted to be able to celebrate our links with Africa by supporting an African themed event in Jersey which also raised in excess of £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support (Jersey). This was a unique opportunity for some of our clients to join us and other guests to experience the heat of the battle and the emotion of those involved and the evening really was as exciting as it was educational.”

Brian Frith, Chairman of Macmillan Cancer Support (Jersey), was delighted and very grateful to all who were involved: “We were so lucky to have Rob Caskie here with us to talk about the fascinating history of the Zulu Wars and to share his expertise with us. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by around 260 people and to have raised over £5,000 from one event is absolutely marvelous. I would like to thank Standard Bank for all their support in organising this wonderful event.”

As well as the ticket price, further funds were raised during the evening through the sale of a selection of African inspired artwork by Zimbabwean artist Wayne Stutchbury, who has exhibited in the Island previously. Mr Stutchbury donated 15% of all sales on the night to Macmillan Cancer Support (Jersey).