As individuals and as an organisation we have all been deeply moved by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – an outstanding, historic and much-loved monarch who has given so much public service to the nation over decades.
It also brings into poignant focus how special it was to receive the Queen’s Award this year. It was fantastic to receive the award at the height of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, and now feels even more significant following Her Majesty’s sad passing.
It is fitting at a time like this to reflect on the nature of public service and to remember how this charity, in its own small way, aims to add so much to the lives of others. Public service and devoting one’s time to others is both remarkable and selfless. We will strive to continue to deliver that both in Her Majesty’s memory and for the people we serve so well.
We demonstrated this when we celebrated the Platinum Jubilee events, just a few months ago. In May we held an afternoon tea at Boston Spa Village Hall for dozens of the wonderful older people we support in Wetherby and its surrounding villages – many of whom are lonely and isolated. We sang the national anthem, waved the Union Flag to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ and drank Pimms together on a memorable afternoon we will all treasure forever.
Then in June, we held an extended Jubilee Coffee Morning, complete with locally sourced cupcakes and entertainment from three vintage singers. Events such as this are so important for helping isolated, older people maintain social contact and live happy and fulfilling lives in their own homes for longer.
Thinking back to those events now, makes the Queen’s passing feel especially moving. Of course, as one era ends another begins and I am sure we will all want to raise a metaphorical toast to our new King.
God bless King Charles III. May he have a long and happy reign.
God save The King.
Mark Dobson, Chief Operating Officer.