The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) very own Admiral Nurse, Angie Williams, was personally invited by Her Majesty to attend a reception for frontline nurses, held at Buckingham Place on 14th March 2018.

Invitations were sent out from the Palace to 350 nurses who had been selected from nominations across Health and Social Care. Four of the 350 nurses were from Social Care. Along with networking, Angie mingled with HRH Prince Charles and the Countess of Wessex.

“On arrival we were ushered up the most amazing red carpeted staircase which led into a stunning room where two thrones were the centre piece of the stage. We were offered champagne and canapés by the butlers, while Prince Charles and the Countess of Wessex circulated among the guests,” Angie said.

Upon shaking hands with Prince Charles, Angie remembers him saying “I am worried about you all feeling tired in the morning after being up late. If you fall asleep on duty tomorrow, blame me.”

The reception ended with Prince Charles thanking the attendees on behalf of the nation for their outstanding contributions to patient care at such difficult times.

OSJCT’s Care Quality Director, Jo Blackburn, nominated Angie for this opportunity.

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to nominate Angie for this prestigious opportunity. Angie is absolutely dedicated to providing strong nursing leadership and expert knowledge in dementia care, which enables us to make a real difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families. We are honoured to have Angie work at The Orders of St John Care Trust, and believe her devotion to the Trust, her colleagues and the residents deserved to be honoured. We are very proud of her,” Jo said.

“I wanted to thank Jo Blackburn for nominating me for such an amazing opportunity,” Angie said. “I was humbled to be invited to such a wonderful event, as I see myself as only doing my job to the best that I can. The biggest challenge for me was wearing a dress and real shoes!”