We are delighted to reveal that one of our long-standing volunteers – who wishes to remain anonymous – is to be a guest at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Nightshelter was honoured to be asked by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire – the Queen’s representative in the county – to put forward a nominee for this incredible privilege. The volunteer in question, plus a guest of their choice, will be two out of twelve-hundred handpicked members of the public that attend the wedding, in recognition of their contribution to their communities via charity work.
Our volunteer, who has previously experienced homelessness and is also a former Nightshelter resident, commented: “I was so surprised to receive an invitation. I just thought “Wow, is this for real?” Something like this doesn’t happen to you every day. I’ve volunteered at the Nightshelter for eight years now, and I’ve always considered that I get more out of this place as a volunteer than I feel I give back, so to receive an invitation to the Royal Wedding was totally unexpected. It’s really quite humbling.”
He added: “The happy couple seem to have a real social conscience, and support so many great causes through their charitable work. I think it’s marvellous that they are inviting members of the public.”
“What I’m looking forward to on the day is a totally unique experience, being present as a little bit of history is made. Occasionally i just find myself laughing and thinking “how did this happen!” I can’t believe it. I just need to decide what to wear now!”