In January 2018, I was astounded to discover that I had been nominated, by persons unknown, to the Lord Lieutenant's office in East Sussex, as someone worthy of attending a Royal Garden Party.

You can read all about my services to the community here.

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It was all rather strange for me. I had apparently been sent a letter by the Lord Lieutenants's office back in December but it had never arrived. Fortunately for me, his office decided to double check by telephoning me. I confirmed I had not received it and the copy was e-mailed to me. A duplicate copy appears below.

I decided to ask my Mother to accompany me and we have selected the 5th June as our preferred option. We should have this confirmed by the end of February. Our formal invitations should arrive by the end of April from The Lord Chamberlain's Office.

We're going to do it in style and are spending the night at The Rubens at the Palace after the garden party.

I believe my name to have been put forward in recognition of all the charity work I have been doing locally for the last 10 years. You can read more about these activities here.

Since 2009 I have raised almost 100,000 for local charities. The monies have been raised through the Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail, which I single-handedly plan and execute every Summer, grand raffles of generously donated artists' work during the annual Artwave Festival in my garden at Driftwood and proceeds from sales of tea and cakes in the garden, (over 7000 portions sold to date) along with the entrance charges for private visits to the garden.