Gloucestershire teen celebrates Queen’s birthday in style at Patron’s Lunch

Posted by / Sunday 12 June 2016 /
hannah charman in front of Buckingham Palace (002)

A Gloucestershire teenager chosen to attend the Queen’s Patron’s Lunch has celebrated Her Majesty’s 90th birthday in style. We appealed to our staff to nominate a young person from our services who had an interesting story to tell, and Hannah was chosen.

Hannah and her mum Emma

Hannah (16) was suffering psychosis, anxiety and severe depression which included self-harming when she was referred to the Gloucestershire Emotional Wellbeing service, a partnership between Action for Children and the mental health service, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust.

Hannah was nominated by her project worker, Gosia Kiciak, for her determination and courage under the severest of circumstances, including hospitalisation. 

Hannah made fantastic progress developing new strategies for coping with life through the help and guidance of Gosia and her 2gether colleagues, Dr Laura Bunday and Dr Peter Alakija.

As the patron of more than 600 organisations across the UK and the Commonwealth, The Queen was celebrating her birthday with 10,000 guests at the Patron’s Lunch on The Mall in a classic British street party style.


"It was very surreal and I couldn't believe I was there half of the time. Other than seeing the Queen, I really loved seeing The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry with my favourite part of the parade being the roller skaters as they really got the crowd going."

Emma- Hannah's mum Hannah  Gosia (002)

Action for Children’s Gosia Kiciak said: "I was so proud to take my place with Hannah at the Patron’s Lunch with Hannah.  Despite the rain, we just loved it. It was one of the biggest street parties the country has ever seen and to be part of a crowd of 10,000 guests was a brilliant experience for us both.”

"Her bravery and never-say-die spirit make her story very compelling and I nominated her as she’s such a remarkable person.  To have worked so closely with her has been a privilege as well as a great example of partnership working between Action for Children and the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust."


"It was a very proud moment as it was not only a historic day for Her Majesty but for me too. It is strange to think how exactly two years ago, I was in hospital at one of my lowest points in my life and today, I was at the Queen’s birthday party, well and happy to be alive. It was a real milestone and it is something I will remember forever."