news / Westminster Abbey Memorial Service
Addressing the congregation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu thanked those in Britain who had supported Mr Mandela's cause and his fight for freedom. "Thank you, you who regularly picketed South Africa House, thank you elegant ladies who boycotted South African goods, thank you to all those who followed the long-haired Peter Hain to stop South African sports, thank you all those incredible young people in other parts of the world."
Among those at the ceremony were Nelson Mandela's daughters Zindzi and Zenani alongside other Mandela family members, Prince Harry, representing the Queen; Prime Minister David Cameron, the Labour leader Ed Miliband, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as well as South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. The former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Sir John Major also attended to pay tributes to South Africa's first black leader, who died on 5 December 2013.
Peter Hain, the former Labour Northern Ireland secretary and longstanding supporter of NMCF , spoke to say Mr Mandela never forgot his connection with Britain and said it was a "great privilege" to have known him.
The Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK were extremely honoured to be the beneficiaries of the retirement collection at the service which raised Â£5100. These funds will be used towards our latest project which is to build a dedicated children's hospital in Johannesburg, the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.
Mandela will be further honoured with a memorial ledger stone to be laid at the Abbey later this year.