Terry Waite CBE gives an emotionally moving speech in Sussex

Terry Waite CBE enthralled Sussex residents as he recounted stories of his extraordinary life during an exclusive event which recently took place at Highwood Mill, Horsham.

Over 100 people arrived to hear Terry’s talk, which was the second in the free ‘Audience with’ series held at Highwood Mill to showcase the inspirational activities and facilities on offer at the luxury retirement development.

During the event, Terry recollected his traumatic experience of being held captive in Lebanon for nearly five years. He talked about his books – Taken on Trust, Solitude and Out of the Silence – explaining that they were mostly penned in his head whilst he was being held captive as a coping mechanism to keep his brain active every day.

Astonishing audiences even further, Terry explained that he initially went to Lebanon to try to negotiate with the Islamic Jehad Organization for the release of existing hostages. Terry was assured safe conduct, and yet the group went back on their word and took him hostage on 20th January 1987, where he remained in solitary confinement for the first four years.

Rachel Richards, of Highwood Mill, said: “It truly was an honour to hear such a selfless, fascinating, honourable man speak at Highwood Mill. I feel humbled to have heard his account. The audience was entirely captivated to the point that you could have heard a pin drop –  he was just utterly inspirational.
“The room came alive with excitement after his speech, and I have never seen so many people engaged in a group Q&A session. We received some lovely feedback from our residents and guests, so it’s fair to say that an enjoyable morning was had by all.”

The final ‘Audience with’ event will take place on Monday 10 September, and feature television actor, director and writer, Christopher Timothy, who isurrently appearing on EastEnders as Ted Murray. Highwood Mill is looking forward to hearing all that Christopher has to say, to an intimately sized audience.

Highwood Mill encourages anyone interested to reserve their free ticket now, to avoid any disappointment.

All talks have an arrival time of 10.45am. To secure your place, please email or call 01403 783400.

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