Royalty and Oscar-winners meet our staff and guests at Sandringham Flower Show
30 July 2014
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met Leonard Cheshire Disability staff and guests at the annual Sandringham Flower Show today.
Prince Charles and Camilla were also introduced to Elizabeth and Jeromy Cheshire, Leonard Cheshire’s children, as well as staff and guests of Park House Hotel — our award-winning hotel for disabled guests which is in the Sandringham estate.
Our guests and volunteers had a bloomin’ good time (sorry!) at the flower show, with some also meeting Oscar-winning actresses Maggie Smith and Judi Dench as they stopped by to say hello.
The flower show — now in its 133rd year — is a prestigious fixture in the horticultural calendar thanks to its royal setting and history.
Our charity was honoured to be one of only two beneficiary charities represented at the flower show, alongside local charity Tapping House Hospice. The main feature of our marquee was a photo display showing archive images of Leonard Cheshire, his family, and our services in the UK and across the world.
Our chief executive, Clare Pelham, proudly introduced the royal couple to our staff and guests. She said, ‘I am delighted that Park House Hotel will benefit from donations from the flower show so that more disabled people will benefit from a much-needed holiday with their families. Few people can understand the struggles disabled people face when trying to book holidays to suit their needs.
‘Prince Charles congratulated the staff for their wonderful work for Leonard Cheshire and spoke about the importance of employers offering disabled people jobs, so they can fulfil their potential and live their lives to the fullest.’
Jo Funnell from Surrey was one of the lucky Park House guests to meet their Royal Highnesses. ‘It was my first time meeting Prince Charles and Camilla,’ she said. ‘They really took the time to speak to me, and paid attention to every one of the guests from Park House. I can’t believe I’ve shaken the hand of the next king, I was thrilled to meet him.’
Sandringham also hosts Leonard Cheshire’s annual inclusive Cycle Together event, which took place this year on 13 July with over 500 participants. The successful event is expected to raise over £30,000 to support disabled people into education, employment and entrepreneurship.
In May 2014, her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate our work towards a world where every person is equally valued. The Queen has been patron of Leonard Cheshire Disability since 1980. She offered Park House on the Sandringham Estate to our charity, which is now used as an award-winning hotel for disabled people.