Volunteers Dianne Davies and David Wozny represented Beth Johnson Foundation at the Royal Carol Concert last night at Westminster Abbey,  London, which is being shown on national television on Christmas eve. This year, the carol concert was dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and was attended by many members of the Royal Family and a host of performers singing and delivering readings. Inspirational guests were invited in recognition of their tireless work to help and care for those around them. So, what a wonderful honour that the Beth Johnson Foundation were one of only four charities across Staffordshire invited by the Lord Lieutenant to this event;  and a huge thank you to Dianne and David for taking the time to represent us.

Professor Emerita Sue Read, Chief Executive Officer, Beth Johnson Foundation

“Representing BJF at such a poignant carol service, which was a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, was truly an honour. There was a national train strike and -7C weather to contend with, but we were determined that nothing would prevent us attending. The service itself was a beautiful mix of official pomp and informal engagement. So, in addition to the congregation arising for the entrance of King Charles III, Princess Beatrice spoke to Dianne and complimented her on the brooch she was wearing.”

David Wozny, Volunteer, Beth Johnson Foundation

“I felt very proud to represent BJF who I have volunteered with for the last eight years. I’ve volunteered supporting people living with cancer, bereavement and telephone befriending. Thanks to Beth Johnson Foundation for this brilliant opportunity, to the Lord Lieutenant for our invites and David’s partner Ruth who chauffered us to make sure we got there despite the rail strikes.

We arrived in London just in time for a fish and chip lunch in a tradition London pub before setting off to explore some local landmarks. Finally we set off through St James’ Park to Westminster Abbey. Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mozzi came over to speak to us and Princess Beatrice admired my christmas tree brooch and complimented my colourful hair and outfit – Purple BJF colours. I felt so proud. Then the Royal Family walked in a procession down the aisle and the service proceeded. It was the most fantastic service that will stay in my memory forever. The Abbey was decorated beautifully. I would like to thank Beth Johnson Foundation for putting myself and David forward for this amazing opportunity.”

Dianne Davies, Volunteer, Beth Johnson Foundation


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