Sunday June 12th saw the celebration of the Queen’s official 90th birthday, marking also her 63-year reign which has seen her support a large number of charities, including Nacro, the national social justice charity.
The Patron’s Lunch saw the Mall transformed into a street celebration with a lunch and parade entertainment for guests. Attendees included 16 Nacro staff (13 of whom attended the lunch, three who took part in the parade), a trustee and four Nacro service users. Staff were chosen either through a lucky dip or were nominated by colleagues to attend. Service users were nominated by staff to attend.
For those involved with Nacro, the Queen’s patronage and the invitations to this celebratory lunch meant a great deal. It signals not just Her Majesty’s willingness as our monarch to maintain contact with the most disadvantaged amongst us but also an official recognition that people deserve a second chance and are able to move on.
You can see photos and comments from the day here.