A CHILDREN’S charity champion made a date with royalty when she went to collect her MBE at Buckingham Palace.
Mollie Green, chairman of the Fellowship of St Nicholas (FSN), based in London Road, St Leonards, was awarded the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and received her gong from Prince Charles.
She was recognised for more than four decades of service to children in 1066 Country having also worked for many years with the NSPCC.
She told the Observer: “It was a lovely day and a wonderful occasion - more than I expected really. I was very nervous and grateful that I had my family there with me.
“Everybody is very nice and puts you at ease and Prince Charles was really friendly although I was a bit tongue-tied when he spoke to me.”
Mrs Green took her son, daughter and brother to the ceremony and was treated to dinner in the House of Lords as a guest of Baroness Janet Fookes.
“It was a very nice way to round off the day and it is good to have the photographs to look back on. I was too nervous to enjoy it at the time.
“Everybody has been so kind but it is really about the organisations you work with and the families you help and they are a great bunch of people.”
Christine Brosnan, chief executive of the charity said: “FSN are extremely proud of their chairman who continues to work tirelessly for the benefit of families and who is an inspiration to everyone at FSN freely giving her valuable time, support and encouragement.”