A Queen’s birthday party, organised by staff and residents at a West Norfolk caravan park, to raise money for charity has been given the Royal seal of approval.
In a letter the Queen told organisers of the event, held at the Pioneer Holiday Park in Heacham last month, that she would be delighted if any funds raised were donated to the Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House.
The monarch has strong connections with the charity, which were further strengthened in February, when she carried out the official opening of its new purpose-built complex at Hillington.
Not one to ignore a Royal command, the organisers duly gave the money to hospice officials when they met on Thursday.
The party, which was held on the weekend of the official celebrations of the Queen’s 90th birthday in June, raised £827.65 for the charity through attractions including a tombola, raffle and cake sale.
A special birthday cake was also baked by resident Mandy Moss.
And park officials estimate they have now raised around £10,000 over the last five years for worthy causes including Papworth Hospital, Help for Heroes and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.
Lindsey Atkin, the hospice’s fundraising manager, said the hospice needed to raise £2.5 million a year to provide a full range of services.
She said: “We get less than 10 per cent of that from the government. “The rest is down to the generosity of local businesses and residents.”
Currently the hospice provides three distinct services: day therapy at their site at Hillington, hospice at home help and a family support team providing pre- and post-bereavement counselling for adults and children.
But Ms Atkin revealed the hospice will soon be providing a fourth service.
She said: “We are in the process of opening an in-patient nine-bed unit of special palliative care beds. Currently, we are the last area in the UK not to have a full service hospice.”