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BBQ fit for a Queen

Customers at Waterside Lodge Recovery Centre are always ready to celebrate anything royal and the Queen’s birthday is definitely a special event worthy of a party!

Waterside Lodge, our mental health registered care home in Leytonstone, has celebrated quite a few of the Queen’s birthdays.  Customers living there love to get out their bunting and decorate the garden. Most of the customers like the royal family and they are as excited as the staff when they receive a royal letter.

Having celebrated the Queen’s 90th birthday last year and receiving a letter from Her Majesty, rejoicing her 91st birthday in June was just as wonderful.

Customers had a fantastic BBQ, all the residents attended along with some family members.  Luckily the weather stayed dry for the duration, and to top it all, this time customers received a wonderful letter from the Duchess of Cambridge on Kensington Palace headed paper.  The Duchess also enclosed a beautiful photograph which is now proudly displayed on a ‘royal wall’ at Waterside Lodge for all their royal letters.

Margaret McGrath, Activities Co-ordinator at Waterside Lodge, writes to members of the Royal family as they do a lot of work campaigning to end stigma around mental health.  Margaret tells them about the work that goes on, supporting people who live at Waterside Lodge.  Margaret has even invited the Royals to visit, maybe one day!!!

So far they have two letters from the Queen, one from Prince Harry, one from the Duchess of Cambridge, plus a letter from David Cameron.  They are hoping for several more to come too!