Trish lights up Princess’s Christmas tree
Decorating the tree is often a problem when you live in a massive old town house in the centre of London. This year, the lucky residents of Clarence House were able to call upon expert help from specialist nurses and the families they help.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is patron of the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, which funds a number of specialist nurse posts, including that of our very own Trish Bell from Southampton.
“Last week I was invited by the Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s Charity to go to Clarence House and decorate the tree,” writes Trish. “I brought a young man with me and his dad, and we were given five-star accommodation the night before in a hotel kindly donated to the charity. We then met at The Dorchester before going to Clarence House. We met HRH Duchess of Cornwall, placed some decs on the tree then the children sat at the table and she served them lunch. It was a truly magical occasion.”
You can find pictures of the event on the Hello, Daily Mail and IslandEcho websites as well the Clarence House Facebook pages. But we asked Trish to share her recollections of the day in verse – which is, after all, no less than HNA members would expect from our resident poet. Take it away Trish!
Let’s begin by saying at the start of this verse
I’m a Roald Dahl Marvellous Children’s nurse
The charity years ago funded the role
And now it’s me – body and soul
I enjoy the support from day to day
In a scrumdiddlyumptious kind of way
But a special request was made of me
To help decorate a Royal tree
And for this wonderlicious activity
A parent and child for company
And so I looked to the Isle of Wight
The family said yes – I thought they might
And so last week to London we went
To The Stafford hotel is where we were sent
For some five-star hospitality
Oh wow did this really happen to me?
The following day we met our group
We really were an elegant troop
At The Dorchester hotel darling, don’t you know?
This lifestyle really on me could grow.
Then off in a bus to Clarence House
To meet Prince Charles’ lovely spouse
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall welcomed us there
After she descended the sweeping stair
She greeted us all in a personal way
Handshakes and smiles – what a day
The children then chose a special decoration
To dress the tree with ornamentation
Helped by a Welsh Guard whose name was Jack
He looked so smart in red and black
And of him our group all did accord
To place an ornament with his sword
On the tree, he did bestow
With skill and dexterity – what a show.
We then were given yummy food
For lunch as we’d been extra good
Soon it was time to say goodbye
How fast the magical time went by
We gave the Duchess a splendiferous bouquet
Before we went upon our way
And so I’m blessed with memories
Some children, a Duchess and Christmas trees
How lucky I was to attend this event
And so much, for the parent and the child it meant
To represent Nursing – what a privilege
And something I’ll remember as long as I live.
(No Trish, we can’t hold the next HNA meeting at the Dorchester!)