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Northampton Volunteers Honoured with Royal Invitation

Posted by alex on March 18, 2024

Image credit: St Andrew’s Healthcare


In the heart of Northampton, two remarkable individuals have become the talk of the town. Mary Oxley, 94, and Roger Brewer, 79, have not only devoted their lives to the service of others but have now been honoured with an invitation that is the stuff of dreams—a chance to attend the royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

These two aren’t your average volunteers. Between them, they’ve dedicated 62 years to St Andrew’s Healthcare, touching lives and making a difference every single day. Their commitment has been recognised and rewarded by none other than the King himself, as they are set to join 30,000 others in the lush gardens of the palace, rubbing shoulders with royalty.

Mary’s wit and wisdom have made her an indispensable part of the hospital community. Her understanding of mental health and her countless hours of service have left an indelible mark on patients and staff alike. Roger, on the other hand, is a linguistic marvel, speaking multiple languages and even learning Punjabi sign language to better communicate with a deaf patient. His journey from the corporate world to a life of volunteering is nothing short of inspiring.

The news of their royal invites came as a delightful surprise, nominated by the Voluntary Services Team and approved by the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire. It’s a fitting tribute to their selfless work and the profound impact they’ve had on so many lives.

Roger’s philosophy is simple yet profound: “I just love people. I don’t judge them. I’m solely here to make people’s lives better.” And that’s exactly what he and Mary have done. As they prepare for their royal rendezvous, the community of Northampton can’t help but feel a sense of pride for these two local heroes whose extraordinary lives are a testament to the power of volunteering.

So, as summer approaches and the gates of Buckingham Palace open for this grand event, Mary and Roger will not just be representing St Andrew’s Healthcare, but the spirit of Northampton and the essence of true community service.


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