CHALFONT ST PETER
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.”
Toasting Her Majesty: From left, Naomi Briggs, Jackie Hughan, Janet Weller, Barbara Noot and Alison Oddy