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Honorary doctorates: Trevor Lyttleton in profile

Trevor 150x150 Wednesday 22 July 2015

Trevor Lyttleton, the lawyer who founded national charity Contact the Elderly, is set to be presented with an honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University in the same year that his charity celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Contact the Elderly is dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people by encouraging regular friendship links with the local community.

Liverpool Hope was the first university to partner with Contact the Elderly, with students and staff running their own monthly tea parties at the Liverpool Hope Park campus. Mr Lyttleton founded the charity at the age of 29, and will be awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) at a ceremony at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral on July 22nd.

Trevor Lyttleton MBE MA LLM (Cantab) graduated from Kings College Cambridge before specializing as a Solicitor in commercial law first at Freshfields and, later on his own account, in music copyright, media and elder law.  In recognition of his services to Contact the Elderly (which he still chairs) and to the legal profession, Trevor Lyttleton was recently appointed a Patron of Solicitors for the Elderly. 

He has also campaigned against apartheid and for many years as Lawyer, Composer and Music Publisher, for the rights of fellow composers.  His role in making the Performing Rights Society more accountable to its members, now acknowledged by PRS, was recognized by the Monopolies and Mergers Commission's Report on the PRS in 1996. Mr Lyttleton is also a composer and received a Grammy Nomination for his song ‘I love a Film Cliché’ in Broadway musical ‘A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine’. 

Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University said: “We are proud to have been the first university to partner with Contact the Elderly, which was founded by Trevor Lyttleton as a young university graduate. The Charity has done outstanding work over fifty years in helping millions of isolated elderly people re-connect with their communities. Trevor over the years has helped to develop a younger generation of volunteers with a profound respect for and an understanding of the challenges older people face, especially social isolation and loneliness. Trevor was ahead of all of us in acknowledging the need for a sustainable programme of care for elderly people in the UK.” 

Mr Lyttleton said: “I am deeply touched and proud to accept an Honorary Doctorate from Liverpool Hope University, which honours those whose life and works reflects its great Mission and Values, in recognition of my founding and continued development of Contact the Elderly. I cannot adequately express my gratitude to Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerald Pillay for his primary role in making Liverpool Hope our first University Partner, thereby trailblazing our key Golden Jubilee target to encourage universities nationwide to set up Contact the Elderly and the young to become the ambassadors of tomorrow in regenerating our broken society and bringing joy and friendship to the lives of isolated older people.” 

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