A group of nurses from across the UK will attend the royal wedding next month representing the children’s charity WellChild, it has been announced.
WellChild nurses Aileen Crichton, Elaine O’Brien, Jodie Hiscutt, Rhian Greenslade, and Vicky Amiss-Smith will be among the guests at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on 19 May.
“I feel quite privileged to have this opportunity and am praying we get a nice day”
Prince Harry is the patron of the national charity for seriously ill children, which runs a nationwide network of children’s nurses, and speaks at its annual awards each year.
The nurses, from Arran and Ayrshire, Cardiff, Cambridge, Liverpool and Southampton, will also be accompanied by families supported by the charity.
Prince Harry and Ms Markle have invited 2,640 nominated people into the grounds of Windsor Castle to watch the arrivals of wedding guests to the church reception and to watch the carriage procession as it departs.
Among them will be 40 representatives from WellChild who will form part of the 200 people from organisations that Prince Harry has served as patron and which Ms Markle has come to know during her time in the UK.
“We are thrilled that WellChild and the families we support will be represented at the wedding”
WellChild chief executive Colin Dyer, said: “We are thrilled that WellChild and the families we support will be represented at the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Markle.
“Prince Harry has been patron of WellChild since 2007 and for over 10 years has helped us promote the work of the charity,” he noted.
“We wish Prince Harry and Ms Markle a wonderful wedding day and married life together,” he said. “We are very grateful that on their special day they have chosen to recognise among others, the work of WellChild.”
WellChild nurse Aileen Crichton, an advanced paediatric nurse practitioner based at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock, said: “I’m very excited and really looking forward to attending and to meeting some of the wonderful families supported elsewhere by WellChild who will also be there.
“I feel quite privileged to have this opportunity and am praying we get a nice day,” she added.
WellChild Nurses attending the royal wedding event
Jodie Hiscutt – Jodie is the WellChild ventilation nurse specialist at Southampton Children’s Hospital and has been in post since October 2011.
Lucy Andrews – Lucy was the WellChild nurse for children with long term conditions at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge from October 2009 until the summer of 2013. Since leaving her post Lucy has remained involved with WellChild via the children and young people’s judging panel, of which her son has been a member.
Rhian Greenslade – Rhian is the WellChild nurse for children with complex health needs at University Hospital for Wales in Cardiff and has been in post since October 2009. Rhian was invited to Buckingham Palace last year as part of a WellChild reception hosted by Prince Harry.
Aileen Crichton – Aileen is the WellChild advanced paediatric nurse practitioner based at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock and has been in post since September 2010. As part of WellChild’s partnership with ITV’s Text Santa in 2014 Aileen was nominated for a holiday in Lapland – she was surprised with this live on Good Morning Britain.
Elaine O’Brien – Elaine is the WellChild children’s nurse (long term ventilation advanced paediatric nurse practitioner) based at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and has been in post since October 2007. Elaine took part in filming with Prince Harry during his visit to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in 2014.
Vicky Amiss-Smith – Vicky is the WellChild nurse for complex care and discharge planning at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and has been in post since February 2014. Vicky attended the special Lady Gaga concert for WellChild in 2015 where she met Prince Harry in a private reception before the show. As part of WellChild’s partnership with ITV’s Text Santa in 2014 Vicky was interviewed live on ITV with Penny Lancaster and one of the families that Vicky supports.