26th June 2014

An employee at international railway consultancy, Interfleet, has been rewarded for his extra-curricular charity activities with an invitation to have tea with the Queen.

Russell Lipscombe, Business Performance Manager, based in the Interfleet Derby office, attended the Buckingham Palace Garden Party in May with his wife, Sarah. Russell was recommended to attend the event by the Chair Ken Cook of the charity, Ripplez, where he is a Non-Executive Director.

Ripplez is a Social Enterprise that is an NHS provider of the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme that works with vulnerable teenage mothers in Derby City, Derbyshire and East Staffordshire.

Russell said: “I’ve worked with the enterprise for the past two years, supporting their work. They’ve worked with more 700 young mothers throughout the scheme and support them on health, financial and education issues.

“It was a great honour to not only be recommended but also attend the Garden Party. There were more than 6,000 attendees so there was little chance to spend time direct with the Royals but we were lucky enough to see them on the day.”

Every summer, The Queen hosts at least three garden parties at Buckingham Palace, as well as one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Over the years they have evolved into a way of rewarding and recognising public service. They are attended by people from all walks of life and over 30,000 people attend.

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