Royal appointment for Stafford couple
A Stafford couple have received a very special invitation in recognition of their efforts to raise money for charity whilst helping to build a strong sense of community at the Independent Living scheme where they’ve lived for the past decade.
Stafford and Rural Homes (SARH) customers Aldwell and Margaret Bosanquet are planning a trip to Buckingham Palace for a royal garden party, hosted by Her Majesty the Queen, having helped to raise more than £4,000 for worthy causes.
They were nominated for the honour by SARH Independent Living Co-ordinator Bernadette Rhoden, who says the kind-hearted couple are always helping to organise fun events for their neighbours to enjoy.
“From summer barbeques and Christmas parties to themed music nights and table top sales, there’s always something going on at our Independent Living Scheme and they are usually at the heart of it,” Bernadette explained.
“Over Christmas, a packed programme of events, including a performance by an Elvis impersonator, raised around £1,000 for nearby Greenhall Nursery and there are plenty more events in the pipeline.”
According to Margaret and Aldwell, known as Bos to his friends, the royal invitation came as a huge surprise and they’re now planning for the big day later this month.
“We’re both really excited and I’ve already been out and bought a new hat,” said 66-year-old Margaret, a retired hospital domestic and supermarket cleaner. “We plan to make a weekend of it, staying in a hotel in London overnight and doing some sightseeing while we are there, including taking a cruise on the Thames.”
Bos, who met the Queen 50 years ago whilst serving in the Army, says he’s not sure what he’d say if spoken to by Her Majesty. “We don’t like being in the spotlight so we’ll probably find a quiet spot and stay out of her way!” joked the 70-year-old retired machine operator.
“However, the invitation really reflects the efforts and hard work of everyone who has supported the events at the scheme, which is a great place to live where we all help each other out,” he added.