Selfless Sheringham volunteers lunch with the Queen

Ina Mangold, right. and Sabah Sulaiman.

Ina Mangold, right. and Sabah Sulaiman. - Credit: Submitted

They have been selected as the Youth Hostel Association's special guests at the iconic Patron's Lunch street party being held in London.

Two young people who work at YHA Sheringham, have been selected as of one YHA's special guests at the iconic Patron's Lunch street party being held in London on Sunday 12 June.

More than 10,000 people will be at the invite-only street party, which is being held to celebrate The Queen's patronage of more than 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

Sabah Sulaiman (22) and Ina Mangold (20) are two of only 10 young employees and volunteers all aged under 26 from the youth hostelling charity YHA (England and Wales), who have been selected to attend the massive street party which is taking place on The Mall in St James's Park in London.

Young staff and volunteers from the charity were nominated by employees to attend the party and both Sabah and Ina were nominated by the manager of YHA Sheringham Adrian Dyde. He said of Sabah: 'During Sabah's time with YHA she has not only worked tirelessly and flexibly at a moment's notice but even provided a young guest with some of her own food as they were penniless and starving. She is always coming up with ideas and projects to help enhance the customer stay. Her enthusiasm just shines through all she does.'


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Originally from Sri Lanka, Sabah began volunteering at YHA Sheringham in 2013 where she is now a valued member of the team. She said: 'It was a real surprise to learn that I had been selected to attend the Patron's Lunch, I feel very honoured and am very excited. I really enjoy working at YHA Sheringham; the guests and staff are so friendly.'

Ina, from Germany, volunteered at the YHA Liverpool last year for two months help with her English degree. She made such an impression on YHA that she has since returned and is now volunteering for three months at YHA Sheringham where she has been responsible for organising 10 volunteers to give nearly 2,000 hours of their time at the Youth Hostel.

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Delighted to be going to the Patron's Lunch, Ina said: 'It was such a surprise and honour to be nominated as I didn't feel I was doing anything special. Volunteering is a wonderful experience and adds so much to learning English in the UK.'

At the lunch Shabah and Ina, along with eight other YHA young people, will enjoy a hamper-style lunch at tables positioned along the full length of The Mall. Her Majesty The Queen will be joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family to celebrate the occasion. Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry will reside as Joint-Presidents of The Patron's Lunch.

The Queen has been a patron of YHA (England and Wales) since 1959. The Patronage was inherited from her father, King George VI, on her Accession. In 2013 The Queen officially opened YHA South Downs, a 64-bed, £3 million Youth Hostel in Beddingham, near Lewes in East Sussex,

Caroline White, Chief Executive of YHA (England and Wales) will be attending the Patron's Lunch herself later this month. She said: 'As a charity The Queen's patronage is hugely beneficial to us and we are all delighted to be able to attend the lunch and celebrate her milestone birthday with Her Majesty. It's a wonderful opportunity for YHA to recognise the work of its staff and volunteers. Without them we would not be able to continue to give the memorable experiences we do to thousands of young people and their families each year.'

As a charity, volunteers are the lifeblood of YHA (England and Wales) and it relies on hundreds each year to help it cost-effectively maintain its network of 160 properties as well as create unique opportunities for thousands of young people and their families who stay with YHA each year. So far this year more than 100,000 volunteering hours have been undertaken by both individuals, groups and corporate organisations. YHA's own staff are also given paid leave to volunteer in the network.

For further details about volunteering opportunities with YHA, please visit https://jobs.yha.org.uk/

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