Lorainne Bellamy represented Mencap, the learning disability charity, at the annual Buckingham Palace Garden Party yesterday. She has worked for the charity for 31 years.
Her invitation came from Mencap’s patron, Her Royal Highness Sophie, Countess of Wessex, in recognition of Lorainne’s hard work to support people with a learning disability during her time at the charity.
Lorainne, who has a learning disability herself, had a great time. She said:
“The whole day was brilliant and I couldn’t believe my luck, it was a bit overwhelming but everybody was just so nice and pleasant. It was the best day I’ve ever had!
“The Queen, Charles and Camilla were there. Kate was there too and I really liked her canary yellow outfit and she looked really happy talking to the people.
“I really liked the music there and I was humming along. And the band played Ricky Martin which I loved. I got my picture taken with one of the Beefeaters too.”
In preparation for the big event, Lorainne received a complimentary blow dry at top London salon Taylor Taylor in Shoreditch, and was treated to a make-over by Bobbi Brown make-up artist Lisa Hewlett.
She said: “I’ve never been pampered before in my life. It was brilliant!”
There are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. Mencap works to support people with a learning disability and their families and carers by fighting to change laws and improve services and access to education, employment and leisure facilities. Mencap supports thousands of people with a learning disability to live their lives the way they want.