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21 May 2012


Fundraising manager Kayley Harvey and Susan Croud, owner of Champagne gift shop in Leigh, came face-to-face with the spitting image of Her Maj.

The Queen (or a life-size cardboard cut-out of the monarch) will be dropping in to Champagne gift shop in Leigh to kick off the store's Jubilee party on June 2 in aid ofSouthendHospital's Bosom Pals Appeal On The Road.

'HRH' will be at the Rectory Grove shop on Saturday June 2 when the business holds a special  Diamond Jubilee party.

Champagneand cupcakes iced with tiny union jack flags will be on offer in return for a donation to Southend Hospital's Bosom Pals Appeal On The Road.

Photographers from Len Dance Studios, also in Rectory Grove, will be taking pictures of guests with the Royal visitor, with money again going to the Appeal.

The Appeal needs to raise £500,000 to buy digital equipment for mobile screening vans across South Essex offering routine breast screening. This will ensure that women being treated in the community get the same access to digital mammography as those being treated at the hospital's breast unit.

The Queen's 60th anniversary of ascension to the throne has a special place in the heart of Susan, from Hockley; aged just five, she was selected as a 'Champion Girl' (a younger version of the carnival queen) during the 1952 Southend Carnival celebrations of 1952.

"I'm a patriot through and through and I'm going to make sure that even if it buckets it down we are going to have music, dancing, cake and a laugh," she declares.

 "I've had good care at Southend Hospital and I wanted to put something back."

"We are so grateful that Champagne gift shop are holding this event as donations will have a direct benefit on local breast cancer services for local women," says Kayley.

The event will take place between 2-4.30pm on June 2, and Susan is hoping Tory Southend West MP David Amess will attend.