Welwyn Garden City drug and alcohol worker attends Royal Wedding
PUBLISHED: 16:54 21 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:14 21 May 2018
A Welwyn Garden City charity worker had the "most perfect" weekend after attending the Royal Wedding and celebrating his charity's 10th anniversary.
Joe Heeney, 52, CEO of Resolve, attended the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on Saturday.
He received his invitation from the Lord Lieutenant among hundreds of members of the public who were specially invited to Windsor Castle.
Attending with his wife Alison, they sat amongst service personnel, amputees, charity and community workers and children affected by the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
He started Resolve, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity, in 2008 after the only service to help addicts in Welwyn Hatfield closed down and wasn’t replaced.
Mr Heeney, who was dealing with drug and alcohol addictions himself, and three others teamed up to kick start a service in WGC which celebrated its 10th anniversary on Sunday.
Although not sat directly in the chapel he said they were treated “like royalty”, could hear the ceremony clearly and were sat “super close” to the royal family.
Mr Heeney said: “It was quite funny that as the service started we all at once pulled out our picnics and started eating.”
As his father had been an Irish Guard and was one for Winston Churchill’s funeral it meant a lot to him that they were part of the big day.
After the ceremony the group got to walk around the chapel and Mr Heeney described how there were a number of cushions where the queen had sat.
They also met a number of celebrities including David Beckham.
Mr Heeney, who wore the same tie and waistcoat as he did to his own wedding last year, said: “It was amazing to see so many people who wouldn’t usually be in the same place get together. It was just incredible.”
The celebrations didn’t stop there as the following day Resolve’s Trustee Clive Marlowe organised and hosted a party for all the staff, clients and friends for the decade anniversary.
Mr Heeney added: “I want to thank everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey with me over the last 10 years.
“Working tirelessly for the people who access the services that Resolve delivers, supporting our ultimate aim of providing the type of services people want and need so they can make the changes in their life.”
The event raised £2,000 for the charity.
Mr Heeney thanked Claire Austin of Austin’s Funeral Directors, Mouse Trap Productions Ltd, Mill Green Golf Club, The Red and The John Bunyan for providing a range of Auction prizes.
Tesco provided food and Fergus McMullen provided a large selection of non-alcoholic drinks.
There were also a number of live performances from the choir Everyvoice, cabaret artist Kimberley Ensor and Joshua Hornsey provided a sound system and music for the evening.