Royal recognition for Adoption UK’s staff, volunteers and a trustee
Published: 02.06.16Adoption UK was delighted that four staff members, two volunteers and one trustee were all invited to the Queen’s Royal Garden Party in recognition of their services to children and families.
Tracey Mitchell, a helpline adviser/admin assistant at our Belfast office, said: “We had a fantastic time. It was something I’ll just treasure forever. I’d always wanted to see William and Kate so that was the highlight for me.”
Carol Green, lead parent consultant, said: “It was surreal to see members of the clergy and the armed forces, some of whom were carrying swords, all eating tubs of strawberry ice cream!” The adoptive parent, from Coventry, added: “It was so calm in the garden, with no noise from sirens or traffic, so you wouldn’t think you were in central London.”
Adoptive parent Karam Radwan from Market Harborough, Leicestershire,edited Adoption Today magazine up until Christmas, last year. Karam said: “It was lovely to be recognised after editing the magazine for 13 years.”
Peter Seymour, chair of the board of trustees, described being invited to the palace as a “real privilege”. Peter and his wife Janice have four adopted children, aged between 13 and 26, as well asa 14 year-old birth child. They are also short-term foster carers for an 18 month-old boy.
Peter, who is also a finance committee member of Adoption UK, said: “The range of people all gathered together from all over the world in one place was quite amazing. The event was also a phenomenal expression of how fit and resilient the Queen and Prince Philip both are.”
Helen Griffiths, who works as a helpline adviser and training and office coordinator at our Cardiff office, recalled the “buzz of excitement” as the Royal Family arrived at the party. She said: “My 82 year-old mum, who was my ‘plus-one’, wriggled to the front, despite three or four people being in front of us, and had a good view of the Queen.”
Coordinator Tasha Wood,from Worcestershire, was taken aback by the “breathtaking” beauty of the palace. Tasha, whose adopted daughter is aged almost 10, also remarked how “fantastic the Queen looks” after coming within a couple of feet of the monarch, who recently turned 90.
Parent consultant Linda Palmer was delighted to see the Duke of Cambridge,her favourite member of the Royal Family, close up. Linda, who was also an Adoption UK trustee for nine years, up until she retired in December 2015, said: “To see the new generation of the Royal Family was a very special moment.”
Linda and her husband Ron, from Surrey, have a 22 year-old adopted daughter.