Volunteers are the lifeblood of hundreds of thousands of charities across the world.
Their efforts to raise funds for such incredible causes by dedicating their time, and so much effort, to raise awareness deserved more thanks than we can often give.
But Jane Jervis, who you may well have met if you have attended one of our charity fundraising car boot sales on a Sunday morning here at the showground, has been recognised in a very special way.
Jane has received an invite from the Earl Marshal to The Coronation of Their Majesties, King Charles III and Queen Camilla, by command of the King and will head to the Abbey Church of Westminster on May 6th.
The work Jane does for us is truly fantastic, and she gives us so much of her time and energy - but the Rural Charity is not the only charity Jane fundraises for…
Jane has been Marks & Spencer’s Charity Committee Chairwoman organising events to raise money for Lingen Davies, Hope House and other good causes
And since 2005, when Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer, she has raised money for many breast cancer charities with all types of events, from golf days to dinner dances and more.
She is also the founder of the Breast Cancer Care Lottery Luncheon Club which raises money for cancer services at Shrewsbury and Telford hospitals.
The charity’s monthly “Lottery Lunch”, organised by Jane and her husband Ryan (also the other half of our amazing car boot duo) celebrated in March after raising £9,000 in the last year through fundraising, making over £40,000 since the charity started in 2017.
Ian Bebbington, CEO of the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society and the Rural Charity said: “Jane is here at the showground every Sunday, is loved by all who attend and helps to raise so much money for our charity, which in turn donates to rural causes across the county, including supporting Shropshire’s Young Farmer’s Clubs with a regular contribution, funding gardening equipment for community groups, supporting reading initiatives in rural schools and so much more.
“We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this special honour and hope Jane has a wonderful day at Westminster marking the Coronation.”