It’s a right Royal day for Burwell's Lucy
A nurse’s work for the Well Child charity has been rewarded with an invitation to the royal wedding this weekend.
Lucy Andrews, from Burwell, will be at Windsor Castle when Prince Harry weds Meghan Markle in the historic St George’s Chapel at noon on Saturday. She’s one of 1,500 specially invited guests who are involved with good causes for which Prince Harry is an ambassador.
Lucy received her invitation in recognition of her work as a Well Child nurse at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The charity aims to make it possible for children and young people with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of in hospital.
“I don’t really know how I was selected,” said Lucy, “the names could have come out of a hat but I feel very honoured. I gave a party at home for the last royal wedding so it is amazing to actually be going to Windsor Castle on Saturday.
“We’ve been invited to bring a picnic and come and use the green areas around the chapel where we’ll see all the guests arrive and see the service live before watching the couple depart. There will be six of us from Well Child so I’m looking forward to meeting up with old friends and making new ones and just having a really good party.”
Lucy said she had a soft spot for Prince Harry having been seated next to him at a Well Child awards ceremony.
“He went through some difficult times but came good and is now a bit of a treasure,” she said. “It’s lovely that he and Megan got together.”
The royal couple chose not to invite world leaders to their wedding, with even Theresa May and Donald Trump missing out on the big day. Instead Lucy will be alongside guests like Soham Village College student Jorja Furze, 12, who was born without the lower part of her leg and now works for amputee support charity Steel Bones, survivors of the Manchester Arena terror attack and others who from charity groups all over the UK.
Lucy is now clinical director at Sunflower Care, which she founded with her colleague Karen Higgins. They run a fully adapted four-bedroom home in Cottenham offering nurse-led care to youngsters with complex conditions.
In Newmarket, pupils at Fairstead House School and All Saints’ Primary School will be celebrating with a Royal wedding party and assembly tomorrow while Saturday’s fixture at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile will be a Regal raceday with the Royal nuptials being televised live with anyone named Harry or Meghan, given a free grandstand and paddock entry, alongside a paying ticket. The main race of the day will be Betway King Charles II Stakes.
At Mildenhall Lodge Care Home, in St John’s Close, local people are invited from 11.30am for a ‘right royal knees up’ and to raise a glass to the Royal couple.