Durham woman journeys to Buckingham Palace with present for the Queen

14 June 2016

Darleen and Alison outside the palaceDarleen Jonson from Crook, County Durham journeyed all the way to Buckingham Palace ahead of Her Majesty the Queen’s official 90th birthday at the weekend to hand deliver her a present.

Darleen, who is a resident at the Leonard Cheshire Disability care home Bradbury House, was delivering a beautiful, framed cross stitch design.

The cross stitch was created by Bradbury House as part of the Leonard Cheshire Disability competition to make a present for the charity’s patron, the Queen.

Darleen said:

‘It was a brilliant day and I couldn’t have wished for anything better.’

Darleen was able to personally present the gift to the Queen’s chief clerk, Christopher Sandamas, at Buckingham Palace, before going for a royal afternoon tea to celebrate the Bradbury House win.

She was joined by fellow Leonard Cheshire competition winners Sandra Bedwell and Janet Peters from West Sussex, who were submitting a birthday card, accompanied by their service manager Jane Lightfoot.

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

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