On the 1st December 2017, I received a phone call from Macmillan Cancer Support saying that my name had been selected to attend a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by The Prince of Wales. I was told to keep it to myself until I received the official invitation!

On the 7th December, the envelope landed on the door mat!
Below you can see the gold edged invitation inside!

and the Palace stamped envelope below!

Macmillan sent out a guide to the event and the opening paragraphs were so complimentary as you can see.

Needless to say, I completed the acceptance card and posted it back the same day! I'm very much looking forward to the 31st January to the evening reception. I've booked a hotel in London for the night to ensure no problems returning home!

The Sussex and South East Team from Macmillan Cancer Support had put my name forward in recognition of the volunteer work I have been doing for them since 2011. I have raised 54000 for the new Macmillan Horizon Centre in Brighton which had it's first birthday and official launch in November 2017.

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.