Gloucestershire teen chosen to celebrate Queen’s birthday in style

Posted by / Thursday 09 June 2016 /

A Gloucestershire teenager has been chosen to attend the Queen’s Patron’s Lunch on June 12th on The Mall to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday

Hannah and Gosia 3

Action for Children appealed for staff to nominate a young person from its services who had an interesting story to tell, and Hannah was chosen.

Hannah (16) was suffering psychosis, anxiety and severe depression that 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’s Children and Young People Service (CYPS).

She was nominated by her project worker, Gosia Kiciak, for never giving up and showing immense 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.

"Being given this chance shows me, and hopefully anybody else who is struggling with their mental health, that anything is possible if you just believe you can. I'm really grateful to Action for Children for providing me with this wonderful opportunity."


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

Among them will be around 8,000 representatives of the charities she supports and Action for Children is proudly hosting one of the lunch tables.

Hannah's project worker Gosia Kiciak said:  “I nominated Hannah as she’s a remarkable individual who has faced enormous challenges in her young life. 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.  Her bravery and never-say-die spirit make her story very compelling and I’m delighted the judges agreed and that we’ll be proudly taking our place at the Action for Children table. 

“The Patron’s Lunch is set to be one of the biggest street parties the country has ever seen and to be part of a crowd of 10,000 guests is going to be a brilliant experience for us both.”

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