Chicken and Egg - page 18

I was shown into a reception room along
with the other recipients whilst my guests
were seated in the Ballroom awaiting the
ceremony. I met so many inspirational
people - a lovely man there to receive a
military award, an elderly lady receiving
recognition for all she had done for her
local community over 45 years, another
for services to IT (being a luddite, our
conversation was interesting, let’s say she
was tolerant!), outstanding fundraisers
(one lady had raised over £1million!), police
officers and teachers who had gone beyond
the call of duty. And d’you know – I was
the only one there for chickens! And what’s
more, the charity and our girls were a huge
hit. I even managed to persuade people
to re-home a few – well I wouldn’t miss an
opportunity to save some girls would I?!
Poultry to Palace
Prince Charles was the consummate
professional, he was well versed in who I was
and remembered that I had written to him
several years ago. My short conversation
with him was special because I believe that
he genuinely and warmly approves of our
achievements and aims.
After photos in The Palace Quadrangle,
hee hee – how posh does that sound – we
enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at The Ritz, where
we toasted all our hens, all our supporters, all
our volunteers, all our farmers and all our staff
for the part that each had played in
developing the charity. That includes YOU.
We watched the world go by for the
afternoon (think fancy fashion show in the
gorgeous setting of The Ritz), and at tea time
headed home for Devon.
Prince Charles was the
consummate professional
It was truly a memorable day, and to have been there for our girls –
because it’s all for the girls – makes me smile a very big smile.
Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Jane’s MBE
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