Royal hon­our for Caro­line at Charles’s gar­den party

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AMACMILLAN pro­fes­sional from Skelmers­dale was a guest at Prince Charles’s 70th birth­day pa­tron­age cel­e­bra­tion in the gar­dens of Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Caro­line Flynn, Macmil­lan in­for­ma­tion and sup­port ser­vice man­ager for West Lan­cashire, rep­re­sented Macmil­lan Can­cer Sup­port at the event ded­i­cated to the achieve­ments of The Prince of Wales’s pa­tron­ages, mil­i­tary af­fil­i­a­tions and other char­i­ties sup­ported by the prince.

The guests were joined by the Duke and Duchess of Sus­sex – who were at their first royal en­gage­ment fol­low­ing their wed­ding – as well as the hosts, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Corn­wall.

Each pro­fes­sional was nom­i­nated to at­tend by a mem­ber of Macmil­lan staff in their re­gion, for the out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion they have pro­vided to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

Fol­low­ing a speech made by Prince Harry about his fa­ther’s work over the past 50 years, guests were in­vited to speak to the royal hosts, and lis­ten to mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment by the Band of the Welsh Guards and Bor­ough Welsh Choir

Caro­line, who launched a Macmil­lan Can­cer In­for­ma­tion and Sup­port Cen­tre at the Con­course in Skelmers­dale last year, said: “I felt very hon­oured to be nom­i­nated and then very ex­cited when the in­vi­ta­tion came through.

“I would have been more than happy with just the nom­i­na­tion, which recog­nised the work that we are do­ing in West Lan­cashire, but to then re­ceive the in­vi­ta­tion was the ic­ing on the cake.

“The event com­menced with the Roy­als com­ing onto the back steps at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

“Harry gave a warm and witty speech, which warmed the au­di­ence.

“The royal fam­ily then went on a walk­a­bout, but Harry and Meghan left shortly af­ter the speech af­ter speak­ing to a few nom­i­nated peo­ple.

“I feel very proud to be work­ing for Macmil­lan and very hon­oured to have been cho­sen to at­tend.

“I have worked for the NHS for 39 years so this was ex­tra spe­cial, con­sid­er­ing I have only been in post since Septem­ber 2016.

“It was a mem­o­rable day, and I loved ev­ery minute of it, but I am fully aware that the achieve­ments we have made so far is with the help and sup­port of West Lan­cashire CCG, the can­cer ser­vices team at South­port Hospi­tal Trust, Macmil­lan it­self and es­pe­cially the team - my amaz­ing assistants and the great vol­un­teers we have.”

With­out such ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als, Macmil­lan would not be able to pro­vide vi­tal ser­vices to peo­ple af­fected by can­cer.

If you have been af­fected by can­cer and would like in­for­ma­tion and sup­port from Macmil­lan, contact Caro­line and the team on 01695 656533 or visit www.macmil­lan.org.uk or call the Macmil­lan Sup­port line on 0808 808 00 00.

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