Swanswell worker’s appointment with the Queen

15 June 2011

A Swanswell worker will be spending an afternoon with the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh later this month in recognition for her work with carers.

Senior Practitioner Jennifer Upperdine has received a royal invitation to her Majesty’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 29 June after being nominated by Swanswell for her outstanding contribution to the Carers Support Service in Barnsley.

Jeni has played a vital part in the success of the service set up last year by the national charity – which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – to offer help and advice for families of those affected by alcohol and/or drugs misuse.            

She will be among a number of other invited guests from around the country who will join the Queen and other members of the Royal family to be waited on by around 400 Palace staff, serving some 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake.

Jeni said: ‘I’m humbled to have been invited to have tea with the Queen after being nominated by Swanswell and am really excited about my trip to Buckingham Palace.

It will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of the Carers Support Service in Barnsley and how important it is for the families of people affected by alcohol and/or drug misuse to be supported through their loved one’s treatment.’

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re delighted that Jeni has been invited to Buckingham Palace, and her nomination is testament to her hard work and dedication with the Carers Support Service.

Jeni is a great example of how committed Swanswell’s incredible staff are in helping thousands of people change and be happy. We hope she has a fantastic day.’

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