The Lord-Lieutenant says…I was asked to nominate 8 Hertfordshire residents who have gone above and beyond in supporting their communities during 2022 to attend the Princess of Wales Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on 15th December. This was not easy as there are so many worthy candidates but with the suggestions from some of the DLs, I chose Keely from Sunnyside Rural Trust, Caroline for Herts Inclusive Theatre, Enoch from One Vision, Chris Luff from Watford Chamber of Conscience, Caroline from Herts Young Homeless, Vivienne from Baldock and Elaine from Broxbourne Foodbank. I know they all had a wonderful time as emails from participants confirmed. I thank them and all the many others in Hertfordshire for their wonderful support of the community during the last year.
It was a huge honour for Herts Young Homeless to be represented yesterday evening at HRH The Princess of Wales Together at the Christmas carol service. Head of Fundraising & Communications Caroline Neill was invited as one of the individuals representing organisations with a focus on promoting the importance of mental health, supporting families and young people and creating a fairer and more inclusive society. Readings, vocal performances, carols and blessings recognised those living in poverty or without homes in the UK and abroad. The poignant service was dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and to all those who are sadly no longer with us. HYH would like to extend our grateful thanks to Robert Voss CBE CStJ for the kind invitation, staff at Westminster Abbey and the royal family, in particular HRH The Princess of Wales for organising such a compassionate service.
I am so grateful for your nomination to the Together at Christmas service.
I feel very honoured to have been invited to such a special occasion. It’s a once in a lifetime moment to be in the wonderful Westminster Abbey, honouring and remembering the Queen with the Royal family.
It was an amazing evening, filled with beautiful carols, readings and exceptional performances.
I will always remember and treasure this!
Keely Siddiqui Charlick, CEO
Sunnyside Rural Trust