Disabled resident and carer to celebrate patron’s birthday on the Mall

26 May 2016

Margaret in her wheelchairA disabled woman and a support worker from Essex will be among the special guests to attend Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations on the Mall with the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Margaret McQueen has multiple sclerosis, and moved into Alder House care home in Essex in 1990 after her condition progressed.

During her time at the service, Margaret studied and received a 2nd class diploma, and spends time volunteering on a committee to refurbish the care home.

She is thrilled to be travelling to London with support worker Kerry Ponsford for the ‘Patron’s Lunch’ on Sunday 12 June.

Margaret said:

‘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.’

Margaret and Kerry 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 official 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.