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Royal Wedding ‘brings sunshine into lives’ of Barkingside residents at risk of loneliness

PUBLISHED: 16:10 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 22 May 2018

Michelle Summerbell Dobson and family friend Rose Lautman

Michelle Summerbell Dobson and family friend Rose Lautman

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A Garden Party celebrating the holy matrimony of Prince Harry and Megan Markle has brought together Barkingside’s older residents at risk of loneliness.

A Garden Party celebrating the holy matrimony of Prince Harry and Megan Markle has brought together Barkingside’s older residents at risk of loneliness.

Thirty five Strafford Avenue residents came together for the Right Royal Garden Party held at the home of Michelle Summerbell Dobson on Saturday, May 19.

Michelle, an occupational therapist at Nelft, the borough’s mental health trust, invited all her elderly neighbours as well as those suffering bereavement.

“I know how difficult being on your own is and how loneliness impacts on people’s mental health,” she said.

She added: “I wanted to bring a bit of happiness and sunshine into people’s lives.

Michelle’s mum Jean has lived on Strafford Avenue for more than 62 years.

Guests dressed in patriotic clothing, one disguised as the Queen, and ate a cake inscribed with a message congratulating the royal couple.

They took part in games, including croquet and Jenga, and raised £40 for children’s disability charity Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust.


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