An unbelievable honour was how Dan Hill, chief officer of Rosemere Cancer Foundation, described his meeting with the Queen today (Thursday, 8th July) at Manchester Cathedral.
Dan, who lives in Darwen with wife Sarah, a primary school teacher, and their daughters Ebony (12) and Evie (nine), was introduced to her majesty by Christine Kirk, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire. He was one of a group of six representatives from various North West charities and community groups to meet the Queen.
Dan said: “It was an unbelievable honour. I had the opportunity to talk to her majesty about Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s work. She asked how things were going, saying she knew that it was a particularly tough time for those with cancer and also, for charities. I told her it had been difficult but that we were looking forward to moving on.”
The Queen was at Manchester Cathedral to unveil a plaque celebrating the 600th anniversary of the Henry V charter (1421), which transformed the parish church of St Mary into the collegiate church of Manchester, paving the way for its cathedral status in 1847. Her majesty also visited Coronation Street.
Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients from throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including those at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley Teaching Hospitals.
The charity funds cutting-edge equipment, clinical research, staff training and other innovative services and initiatives that the NHS cannot afford in order to make patients’ cancer journey more effective, comfortable and stress-free. For further information on its work, including how to make a donation, visit www.rosemere.org.uk