Charity champions’ date at Downing Street

Bosom Friends cancer charity support group trustees Sally Lambert and Mary Brennan with Samantha Cameron and Andrew Stephenson MP. (S)
Bosom Friends cancer charity support group trustees Sally Lambert and Mary Brennan with Samantha Cameron and Andrew Stephenson MP. (S)

Two trustees of a West Craven charity enjoyed a Downing Street drinks reception and a tour of the House of Commons on a whistle stop visit to London.

Mary Brennan and Sally Lambert of the Bosom Friends cancer support group were nominated as two charity champions and were treated to a drinks reception at No. 10 Downing Street and lunch and a tour at the world famous Westminster Palace.

The duo were nominated by Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson for their tireless work in helping and supporting individuals and families living with cancer and its effects.

Mrs Brennan said: “It was fantastic, brilliant, it really was. It was a once in a lifetime trip. Andrew went over and above so good on him, he was superb.

“The House of Commons was really interesting. Walking through the door at Downing Street, I was look round at everything thinking ‘if only my dad could see me now’.

“Samantha Cameron was really nice and was so relaxed. It was one of those things that’s gone before you realise and you just want to live it again.”

The reception gave Mary and Sally the chance to meet other charity champion volunteers from across the country and they seized an opportunity to network and raise future plans with Mrs Cameron herself.

Mrs Lambert said: “It was great that the group was recognised out of all the good charities in Pendle and going into Downing Street to see all the inside workings was a real treat.

“It’s a pat on the back for all the volunteers as without them there would be no group and brilliant recognition for Mary for all the work she has done. We switched cards with people from Derian House. That might be something we can tap in to. It was very worthwhile, it’s raised the profile of the group which is a bonus and got a lot more people aware of us.”

Mrs Cameron said: “It was a privilege to meet Mary and Sally from Barnoldswick and Earby Bosom friends at 10 Downing Street.

“Their amazing work is changing the lives of individuals and families across their local area and it was an honour to celebrate their work at the reception for charity champions.”