Burgess Hill mother honoured after attending Buckingham Palace party

Nikki Bailey with mother Edna Cartwright at the Blind Veterans garden party at Buckingham Palace SUS-150307-094234001
Nikki Bailey with mother Edna Cartwright at the Blind Veterans garden party at Buckingham Palace SUS-150307-094234001
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A woman from Burgess Hill has been left feeling very honoured after being invited to Buckingham Palace to celebrate a charity’s birthday.

Last month Nikki Bailey, 45, spent an afternoon eating and drinking with royalty along with members from Blind Veterans UK.

The charity was invited to the palace to celebrate their 100th birthday and Nikki was asked to join members in the celebrations due to the many hours she has spent fundrasing for the cause over the past two years.

The Countess of Wessex was the royal guest in attendance at the party and Nikki said she was very honoured to able to speak to Her Royal Highness and wanted to thank the charity for inviting her down to the event.

She said: “The charity kindly invited me to Buckingham Palace which was a great honour.

“It was incredible. The sun shone on the Countess of Wessex.

“I spoke to her but only because I was in the right place at the right time. It was all very splendid.”

Blind Veterans UK support visually impaired former Armed Forces and National Service veterans.

Nikki started supporting the charity two years ago after discovering them on Twitter and immediately took an interest in their cause.

Since then the mother-of-two has organised many events and taken part in plenty of sponsored activities including swims and long distance walks.

Last year she completed a 100k walk from London to Brighton for the charity, raising more than £3,000.

This year she decided to repeat the feat but due to health issues she was only able to take part in the second half of the walk.

So far Nikki has raised more than £700 for this years walk but has asked the public to help her raise even more and break the £1,000 mark.

She said: “Meeting and chatting with a number of veterans, young and mature, it was emotional, inspiring and heart felt.

“I just wanted to give something back and it would be great to get more money for them.”

To donate to visit www.justgiving.com/strideontime2015/