Belfast veteran to celebrate patron’s birthday on the Mall

26 May 2016

Richard and Lynda on a park benchA disabled army veteran who suffered a brain injury during his time in service will be among the guests to attend Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on the Mall with the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Richard Stewart has been a tenant at the Taylor Cheshire House supported living service in Belfast since 1994.

He is thrilled to be travelling to London for the ‘Patron’s Lunch’ on Sunday 12 June. 

Richard said:

‘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 the charity this year.

Lynda joined Leonard Cheshire Disability as a support worker in 2006, and was promoted to team leader in 2012.

The opportunity to attend the ‘Patron’s Lunch’ with Richard is a fitting way for Lynda to mark her years of service. 

Richard and Lynda will be among 12 of the charity’s service users, supporters and dedicated staff to attend the spectacular event to celebrate the Queen’s patronage of hundreds of charities and organisations on her birthday. 

The Mall outside of Buckingham Palace will be transformed into a giant street party, with a hamper lunch and parade entertainment for guests.

The lunch will be attended by 10,000 people from 600 organisations of which the Queen is patron. 

The Queen has played an influential role in Leonard Cheshire Disability since becoming the charity’s patron in 1980.

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Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of services for disabled people. Our services include high-quality care and community support together with innovative projects supporting disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship. Worldwide, our global alliance of Cheshire partners supports disabled people into education and employment, and works in more than 50 countries.