Lancashire woman’s royal seal of approval for Churchill trust work

INVITE: Katie Burgess meets the Queen

INVITE: Katie Burgess meets the Queen

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A businesswoman has been given the royal seal of approval for her work celebrating the life of Sir Winston Churchill.

Katie Burgess, 69, from Chipping, met the Queen at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

It’s not every day you get invited to meet the Queen.

Katie Burgess

The business manager with the Lancashire Workforce Development Partnership (LWDP) in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, became a Churchill Fellow in the 1960s.

Her Fellowship took her to America to help her gain international perspective of education and training in hospitality.

Katie said: “It’s not every day you get invited to meet the Queen.

“I was delighted and honoured to attend the reception at Buckingham Palace. It was a splendid occasion and a proud moment, one I shall always remember and treasure.”

The Queen, who is the Trust’s patron, hosted the event to celebrate wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston’s living legacy, alongside Churchill Fellowship awardees.

Since becoming a Fellow, Katie has continued to apply her background in education and training to make a difference and is leading on innovative ideas to influence practice in the social care sector.

Jamie Balfour, director general of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, said: “We were delighted and honoured that The Queen hosted a reception to mark our anniversary year. Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose and a commitment to help their fellow citizens.”