Patron's Lunch — meet our guests
27 May 2016
To mark the Queen's 90th birthday, a Patron's Lunch street party is being held on The Mall outside Buckingham Palace on 12 June.
The party is to celebrate all the organisations and charities the Queen is patron of. And we're lucky enough to be one of them!
The Queen has been patron of our charity since 1982, and has had a great influence since then.
Residents and staff from our services have been invited to the lunch to celebrate their contribution to our charity over the years. Let's meet six of them.
Rosalyn and Jill
Rosalyn Wilmott and Jill Davies have been invited to attend the celebrations after being recognised for their care, commitment and long service at Llanhennock Lodge in Newport.
They are thrilled to be travelling to London!
Ros has worked at Llanhennock Lodge for 51 years. She started as a cleaner aged 19, then worked as a kitchen assistant before becoming a carer.
Jill has worked at the care home since 1982 as a care assistant. So between them, Ros and Jill have provided 85 years of service to Leonard Cheshire!
We value both of them for going above and beyond their roles, and for having empathy, passion and respect in their day-to-day work.
Richard and Lynda
Richard has lived at the Taylor Cheshire House supported living service in Belfast since 1994.
He is also looking forward to be travelling to London for the party!
‘I’ve always liked the royal family, and really looking forward to the lunch. I served in the armed forces, so it means a lot to celebrate the Queen’s birthday and her service to our country.’
Accompanying Richard is long-standing Taylor Cheshire House staff member, Lynda Graham, who celebrates her tenth anniversary with us this year.
Lynda joined us as a support worker in 2006, and was promoted to team leader in 2012.
Attending the Patron’s Lunch with Richard is a fitting way for Lynda to celebrate this special anniversary!
Margaret and Kerry
Margaret McQueen has multiple sclerosis, and moved into Alder House care home in Essex in 1990.
During her time at the service, Margaret has studied for and received a diploma, and spends time volunteering on a committee to refurbish the care home.
Support worker Kerry will be accompanying Margaret on the trip.
‘It’s an honour and privilege to be chosen to attend the Patron’s Lunch and celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday. It has been my dream to meet the Queen.’
In total, there will be 12 of our residents, supporters, and dedicated staff attending the spectacular event to celebrate the Queen’s patronage of hundreds of charities and organisations on her official birthday.