SCLT Charity Volunteers Invited to Buckingham Palace Garden Party
Tuesday 16th May 2017 was something of an historic occasion for two of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team's veteran volunteers, who were shocked and delighted to receive personal invitations from Her Majesty The Queen to join one her royal garden parties in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in Central London.
Every summer, The Queen hosts three Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace, and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. Historically, Garden Parties took the place of presentation parties attended by debutantes, and have evolved into a way of recognising and rewarding excellence in public service.
SCLT volunteers Jon Williams (left) and Roger Ibrahim at Buckingham Palace
Mr Roger Ibrahim has long been a stalwart volunteer of the SCLT Charity, having served as both a trustee of the charity as well as fulfilling the role of an enrichment & safety presenter on the SCLT Public Presentation Team and the Senior Minority Outreach Team for many years.
Roger attended the Palace with his daughter Georgia, he commented, "I was very surprised to receive a rather offical-looking letter in the post from the Lord Chamberlain one morning and initially thought I must have underpaid my last tax bill. But then I opened it and realised that I had been invited to spend an afternoon at the palace in recognition of my volunteering with the SCLT for the last 6-years.
It has been a truly memorable day and it was made especially so, as I have been able to share it with my daughter and Jon, one of my fellow volunteers with the charity"
Mr Jon Williams (pictured seated on the left), has been a volunteer with the SCLT Charity for many years and has also been a trustee since 2012, as well as being at the forefront of the senior safety & enrichment programme of the Public Presentation Team and recently as the all-important editor-in-chief of the Senior Siren magazine.
Jon attended the Palace event with his wife Mandy, he commented, "As a vocational volunteer, who commits to helping others for purely altruistic reasons, I must admit that I felt a little uncomfortable with the thought that I had been singled-out for recognition for my efforts with the Senior Citizen Liaison Team in this manner. After all, I feel that I am a member of a much larger group, who all work very hard in ensuring that our elders have the sort of later-life that they deserve. However, I also realised that I am very much here as an ambassador for all the other SCLT volunteers, who are also silently giving up their precious spare time to keep others safe.
I am delighted to have had the opportunity to spend the day at Buckingham Palace in the presence of so many other deserving volunteers and public servants, who collectively do so much to keep our country such a great and wonderful place to live for all.
It has been a special pleasure, as a member of charity which supports the elder community, to be in the esteemed presence of perhaps the World's most famous older person and certainly it's most dedicated public servant - Her Majesty The Queen. It's a day I will never forget and will be a treasured memory for the rest of my life"