Ellenor Hospice worker from Gravesend invited to Royal Wedding
PUBLISHED: 15:56 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:56 24 April 2018
A hospice worker from Gravesend is delighted to have received an invitation to next month’s Royal Wedding.
Sue Marshall, 52, who works for Northfleet charity Ellenor, said when she first opened it she thought it was a prank.
She was nominated to attend the wedding by chief executive of the hospice, Claire Cardy, whohad been asked by the Lord Lieutenant’s office to select people living in Kent and working for the charity.
Sue, who lives in Riverview Park, said: “I got the invitation at the start of April so just presumed it was an April Fool’s joke, especially as I’m always playing pranks on people I work with anyway.
“Once I realised it was genuine I burst into tears - it was a huge shock and still is.
“I kept thinking I was dreaming and this couldn’t really be happening.”
Sue has been a dedicated worker at the hospice for 16 years. As a training facilitator, she plays a key role in teaching young students how to care for the people of all ages that the hospice supports.
She will be joining other charity workers nominated from across the country to enjoy the wedding party at the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19.
She added: “Ellenor is a very unique hospice because we are the only one in Kent who provide care for children and adults, encompassing all areas of care.
“Everyone here has been so thrilled for me and they are all really excited that Ellenor is being recognised for the part it plays in the local community.”
The mother-of-five said that her family have also been very excited about her invitation, and are very proud of her.
She is bringing her friend and boss Tricia Wilcocks as her plus-one to the special event.
She said: “Tricia founded the care courses that we run for young people and we’re good friends.
“We have already started to think about what we might wear on the day - at the moment I am really excited and for now it’s just a really nice thing to look forward to.”