Monday 21st May, 2018

An unexpected Royal invitation

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Romsey Mill was represented at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle following an unexpected invitation to Chief Executive, Neil Perry

Neil Perry was surprised and delighted to receive an invitation for himself and a guest to attend the wedding in Windsor, held on 19th May.

In early April, Romsey Mill received a letter from Mrs Julie Spence, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, explaining that Neil Perry, responsible for directing the overall work of Romsey Mill, had been nominated to share in part of the wedding day of HRH Prince Henry of Wales and Ms Meghan Markle. Neil was one of a group of 1200 members of the public, from up and down the country, who had been nominated on the strength of their contribution to their local communities.

Neil: “It was a honour to be nominated to be at Windsor Castle for the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I felt that that it was the loving and determined work of the entire Romsey Mill team that was being acknowledged through the nomination. We all agreed that it would be most appropriate for one of the young people participating in Romsey Mill should have the opportunity to attend the royal wedding with me.”

He invited Kim Stannard, one of the young people Romsey Mill has worked with over several years, and now volunteers with the charity and helps other young people, to be his guest for the day.

Neil  said: “It was a fantastic day and it was a real privilege and an honour for Romsey Mill’s work with young people, children and families who are experiencing challenges in their lives, to have been acknowledged in this way. As we are all about creating opportunities with young people, it was only right that my guest for this special occasion should be a young person with whom we work. We asked Kim and she accepted the opportunity excitedly.”

Kim said: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to go to the royal wedding and I couldn’t believe that I’d been invited to represent Romsey Mill. Romsey Mill has always been a great support to me throughout many challenges and problems, and now to be volunteering with them to help change the lives of other young people is just amazing”.

Neil and Kim (pictured below on their way to Windsor Castle) were presented with a special picnic hamper courtesy of the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, who have chosen Romsey Mill to be their Charity of the Year for 2018/19.