Cheshire House resident excited about royal visit

28 May 2014

Alan Murray and Susan Mitchell holding the invitation to the palaceA resident at one of our care homes in Scotland has bought himself a new suit to look his best when he meets our patron, Her Majesty the Queen, tomorrow evening.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are hosting a reception at St James's Palace to celebrate the work of Leonard Cheshire Disability for a world where every person is equally valued.

Alan Murray has lived at Cheshire House Inverness for 11 years. The 60-year-old, who is a former RAF reservist, is one of a select few people who will have the rare opportunity to formally meet Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the event.

‘I was extremely happy to get the invite through the post. It will be an incredible experience and I can’t wait. It is not very often that people get the chance to shake hands with the Queen. It is not the first time that I have met a member of the Royal Family — Princess Margaret visited our RAF base in Lossiemouth in 1993 and I talked to her then,’ said Alan, who had a heart attack 10 years ago resulting in an acquired brain injury.

‘I have bought a new lounge suit especially for the occasion and we are flying to London which is such a treat. I am feeling very cool and composed about it. It will be great to see Mark Jackson, former RAF No. 617 Squadron Leader, again.’

Alan will be accompanied to St James’s Palace by his care worker, Susan Mitchell. The 56-year-old, who has worked for the charity for eight years, is also extremely excited and has chosen a special outfit to wear.

She said: ‘Alan has been so excited since he received the invitation – it means such a lot to him and he is really looking forward to it. I feel privileged to be offered the chance to support Alan for this once in a lifetime occasion.’

Her Majesty the Queen has been patron of Leonard Cheshire Disability since 1980. Find out more about how Her Majesty has supported our work.

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