A mother and daughter will enjoy front row seats at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London as a thank you for their efforts to raise fund for St Giles Hospice.
Amy Foster and her nine-year-old daughter Eleanor will be seated directly opposite Buckingham Palace to watch the procession featuring figures from music, film, sport and the arts.
The pair were awarded the tickets by Smooth Radio after they were nominated for an unsung heroes award.
Over the last three years Amy, who works as a healthcare assistant at St Giles, and Ellanor have raised more than £2,000 to support the work of the hospice, which cares for patients and their families who are living with a terminal illness.
“It’s absolutely amazing, I still can’t quite believe it – we’ve been given exclusive tickets to see the whole event and I can’t get over what an honour it is.
“Ellanor loves the Queen and has always wanted to go to Buckingham Palace so she’s absolutely thrilled and can’t wait to go.
“It’s a historic occasion that she’ll never forget.”Amy Foster
Amy has raised funds for the Whittington-based charity for several years, but in 2018 that support for the hospice became more personal when her mother-in-law Sandra was diagnosed with cancer.
She was an inpatient at St Giles in January 2019, before being discharged to fulfil her wish to die at her nursing home a couple of months later.
“I was already a St Giles supporter but I decided that I really wanted to work there because of the support and help that the hospice gave to my mother-in-law.
“The staff were absolute angels and I wanted to give back some of the love and support that I had received from St Giles to other people.
“When my mother-in-law came into the hospice she was given 24 hours to live, but St Giles worked their magic and she lived for a further two months. They sorted out her medication and gave her such care and support – it was amazing to see.
“After she passed away we were given bereavement support and the staff were just so good to us, always listening, and supported us so well.”Amy Foster