Charity champions to attend Downing Street reception

Bosom Friends trustees Sally Lambert and Mary Brennan.
Bosom Friends trustees Sally Lambert and Mary Brennan.

Two West Craven charity champions have been invited to Downing Street for a reception with Samantha Cameron.

Mary Brennan and Sally Lambert, trustees of the Bosom Friends, will travel down to No. 10 for the drinks reception with the Prime Minister’s wife on February 3rd.

And they will get a tour of the famous house behind the black door.

Mrs Brennan said: “At first I thought ‘hey up, this is a joke’. But I’m really excited and it’s great for the group. It’s all I ever think about really.

“Obviously you see No. 10 on telly but I’ve always wondered what it would be like to walk through that door.”

Mrs Lambert said: “I was very surprised but proud really. I think a big pat on the back for everybody.

“It’s really good to promote the group and it’s a good opportunity to network with others to pick up ideas and positive things we can use.”

Conservative MPs from across the North West were asked to find two local charity champions for the event, and Andrew Stephenson MP nominated the pair for their tireless work in helping those with cancer and for providing support for their families.

Mr Stephenson said: “We have got some tremendous charities here in Pendle. In all the time I have been MP, Sally and Mary are two people who have always gone above and beyond in their work for the Bosom Friends group.

“I just thought it was about time their sterling efforts were brought to higher attention.”

And fellow Bosom Friends trustee Catherine Oldfield added: “The number of people who have been affected by cancer and who have received support from the group and in particular Mary is phenomenal.

“The first point of contact people usually have with the group is Mary and I can’t recall just how many people have said to me what a personal difference she has made to them by just being there and talking to them. She is a truly inspirational lady.

“Sally’s role has always very much been in the background of Bosom Friends especially supporting and being there for Mary when she needed it.”