Founder of The Parish Trust attends Royal Garden Party

On Wednesday 18th May 2022, Rev. Dean Aaron Roberts, the Founder and Chair of The Parish Trust, was invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace by The Lord Lieutenant of Gwent on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his work to establish the charity.

Rev. Dean said,

I was incredibly honoured to have been invited to a Garden Party by The Lord Lieutenant on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen. I’m especially grateful because of course it’s Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, so in some ways, extra special. It was a gorgeous day for it with the sun shining all day!

It was a privilege to have a conversation with the Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and to say hello to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. We also saw Princess Alexandra. And met some other Welsh people which was brilliant because we had a good laugh together and shared our stories!

I do not do what I do for thanks, but it is nice to be assured that the work of my incredible team (both staff and volunteers) at The Parish Trust is truly making a positive difference, and is seen and appreciated by those at the highest echelons of society.

It’s definitely a boost and encouragement to keep going, despite being discouraged, overlooked, or even scorned at by others at times. But thankfully that is a minuscule minority and for the most part, The Parish Trust has been championed by so many people. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of our work.

We will strive for even more in the charity as we look to the future. And when we have such a wonderful Queen who has led the way in her faith and service for 70 years as Head of State and even more before her coronation, we have an impeccable example to follow. God save the Queen!

The Parish Trust was founded in 2019 by Rev. Dean as an organisation aimed at fostering the Christian faith and demonstrating it in positive action in the community. The first project, the CARE Project, started in 2020 as the Coronavirus Pandemic hit the UK. The charity has grown ever since through a range of projects and services that are used by thousands of people every year.

Please note that in order to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and to enjoy the Easter Holidays, The Parish Trust will be closed from Thursday 28th March 2024 and will reopen on Monday 8th April 2024. We wish all our stakeholders and beneficiaries a Happy Easter.

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