Community heroes joining Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their big day
PUBLISHED: 10:42 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:30 17 May 2018
Community champions from across the region will be joining Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their big day.
The couple asked lord lieutenants from across the country to nominate ordinary heroes to join the wedding celebrations at Windsor Castle.
They were tasked with finding people who were community-focussed with experience in either volunteering or charity work.
The special guests will be among the crowds of 2,640 people allowed into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrival of the bride and groom at St George’s Chapel and watch the carriage procession begin its route through Windsor.
One of the lucky nominees was Carly Hain, 25, a youth worker from Leverington, near Wisbech, who has been volunteering for West Norfolk charity Speada for seven years.
She said: “I absolutely love working with young people and inspiring them, it’s the young people that make it so worthwhile for me.”
Miss Hain said she was most looking forward to seeing Meghan Markle and described herself as a self-confessed Suits fangirl, adding: “I’m so humbled, it’s amazing.”
Cattle farmer Helen Reeve, 36, from Alburgh, near Harleston, will be swapping her wellies and overalls for something more glamorous for the big occasion.
Miss Reeve is an active voice in the farming community - she runs the Waveney Dexter Beef herd in south Norfolk, is also a lecturer and assessor at Easton and Otley College and vice president of Harleston Young Farmers’ Club.
She said: “It is mind-blowing really, to be part of something like this. I just see myself as a young lady from south Norfolk who loves cows, and all of a sudden I will be parachuted into a different world.”
Inspirational youngster Jorja Furze, 12, from Ely, was rewarded a wedding invitation for her dedication in supporting amputees in her community.
As an amputee herself from birth, she helped to set up the Steel Bones charity based in Isleham and went on to win the Child of Achievement award at the Ely Hero Awards 2017.
She said: “I was really excited and shocked because I didn’t think I would get an invite. I had been told my name had been mentioned to some people about the wedding, but I didn’t think I’d get close to it.”
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