Royal recog­ni­tion for Edna

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A GAR­DEN party at Buck­ing­ham Palace in the com­pany of The Queen and Prince Philip was a spe­cial treat for Edna Keefe, from Mac­cles­field.

Edna, who has worked at East Cheshire Hospice for 28 years, was ac­com­pa­nied by el­der daugh­ter Janet John­son, from Bolling­ton, who is a man­ager at es­tate agents Holmes Naden.

Edna, aged 80, was in­vited af­ter she re­ceived the High Sher­iff Award ear­lier this year in recog­ni­tion of her ded­i­ca­tion to the char­ity.

Edna said: “It was a bril­liant day out with guests in at­ten­dance from all over the world.

“We saw The Queen and Prince Philip, walked through the cor­ri­dors of Buck­ing­ham Palace and strolled round the gar­dens where we en­joyed re­fresh­ments.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to all those in­volved at the hospice for mak­ing it such a mem­o­rable day.

“It’s such a spe­cial place and I’ll al­ways be grate­ful for what they’ve done for me.”

Edna was in­volved at the hospice from the out­set, help­ing clean the build­ing two weeks be­fore it opened in 1988 and worked at Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal be­fore that.

Edna, who has seven grand­chil­dren and four great grand­chil­dren, has worked at the hospice as a do­mes­tic, where she be­came su­per­vi­sor and still works part-time.

●● Janet John­son and mum Edna Keefe at Buck­ing­ham Palace

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