CHAL­FONT ST PETER

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - PICTURE SPECIAL – QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS -

THE EPILEPSY So­ci­ety’s he­roes and guests were among 10,000 peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing on The Mall at the Pa­tron’s Lunch.

Ear­lier this year the Chal­font St Peter-based char­ity ran a cam­paign, sup­ported by lo­cal law firm BP Collins LLP, to find five epilepsy he­roes to at­tend the lunch on Sun­day.

The Queen is pa­tron and a cheer went up when the sun broke through as she and mem­bers of the royal fam­ily joined the party.

Nicola Swan­bor­ough from Epilepsy So­ci­ety, said: “It was a real plea­sure and a priv­i­lege to join the party and cel­e­brate the Queen’s pa­tron­age.”

Among Epilepsy So­ci­ety’s he­roes were Jo Hardi­man, 20, who has a rare form of epilepsy and said: “The day has been amaz­ing. I can­not put into words just how great it has been.”

Sarah Reid also at­tended with her daugh­ter Layla, 11. Last year Sarah had surgery for her epilepsy and Layla has al­ways helped to care for her.

Sarah said: “Layla does so much to sup­port me. It is an ab­so­lute hon­our for Layla to have been cho­sen as an epilepsy hero.”

Ian Hop­kins, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at BP Collins, said: “To have a day par­tic­i­pat­ing in the cel­e­bra­tions was some­thing we felt proud to sup­port.”

PHOTO: JON MIKOL BA162279

Toast­ing Her Majesty: From left, Naomi Briggs, Jackie Hughan, Janet Weller, Bar­bara Noot and Ali­son Oddy

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