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Six people from Worcestershire invited to the Royal Wedding

Published: Wednesday, 25th April 2018

With less than four weeks to go, the nation is gearing itself up for the Royal Wedding in May. And six people from Worcestershire have been lucky enough to find themselves added onto the guest list of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

They were selected for their outstanding contributions to the community by the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Lt Col Patrick Holcroft and will attend the wedding on the 19th  May. 

The Lord-Lieutenant said:

"I am most grateful to HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle for inviting members of the general public to join them on their wedding day and I very much hope that those representing the County of Worcestershire will thoroughly enjoy the day."

The Worcestershire Lieutenancy was invited to submit names of six individuals and their guests, who have made a significant or notable contribution to their local community or region.  

From the list of nominees, six extremely worthy individuals were selected, four of whom are under the age of 25 and two of whom have dedicated many years of unstinting service in their field of work. The group includes a nurse, a young carer, an 11-year-old hospice volunteer, a fundraiser, a member of West Mercia Police and a learning disabilities club founder. 

Kim Bull, an NHS nurse nominated for her style and approach during 15 years work within the Worcestershire Acute Cardiology Service, said: "My first thoughts were was it real? I messaged my son and asked if it was his idea of a joke! The following morning I contacted the Lieutenancy office and the Lord-Lieutenant's PA confirmed that I had been nominated and yes it was true!

"The date was already in my diary because it is a day I wanted to enjoy, now I will actually be in Windsor Castle grounds, it's amazing and a day I will treasure. I feel totally shocked and honoured."

Laura Gill, nominated for her work founding The Monday Night Club, a social club for adults with learning disabilities based in Worcester, said: "I am so looking forward to the 19th May. I can't wait to see the children, George and Charlotte, all dressed up."

Olivia Parson, from Martley, Worcestershire is attending for her work co-founding charity Educate Enkerende which raises funds to build a new school for the children of the Masai Mara, Kenya, said: "I could not believe that I had genuinely been invited. It was very humbling to feel that the charity work I have done over the last few years has been recognised. It is such once in a lifetime opportunity - I feel as if someone is going to pinch me and tell me it is not real at any moment." 

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