Lawrie lunches with Duchess and dresses her Christmas tree

Helen & Douglas House. Lawrie Thornton, aged 20 from Banbury, had a very special invitation from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as he was invited to decorate the Christmas tree at the Royal residence, Clarence House NNL-141222-112946001
Helen & Douglas House. Lawrie Thornton, aged 20 from Banbury, had a very special invitation from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as he was invited to decorate the Christmas tree at the Royal residence, Clarence House NNL-141222-112946001

The Duchess of Cornwall had the privilege of meeting a young man from Banbury recently as he helped decorate the Christmas tree at Clarence House.

Twenty-year-old Lawrie Thornton from Banbury had a very special invitation from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, as he was invited to decorate 
the Christmas tree at the Royal residence earlier this month.

Lawrie and other young people who visit children’s and young adults’ hospice Helen & Douglas House in Oxford travelled to London last Thursday with their families.

Camilla is a patron of the charity and the youngsters spent several hours with her, decorating the Christmas tree and enjoying a lunch of sausages and mash, served by the Duchess herself.

It is the sixth year the Duchess has invited families from Helen & Douglas House to Clarence House.

Clare Edwards, chief operating officer at he hospice, said: “It’s such a unique day, so special and it is a real privilege to have the Duchess as our patron as she takes such an interest in the work we do.”

Helen & Douglas House relies almost entirely on voluntary donations to be able to offer specialist care for children and young adults, from birth to 35, from across the region and support for their families.

Anyone interested in donating to the charity or learning more can visit www.helenanddouglas.org.uk or 01865 799150 or e-mail fundraising@helenanddouglas.org.uk

It also has a shop in Banbury’s Church Lane where people can support its work.