An invite to Buckingham Palace

Chris Horgan has devoted many hours to youth social action during his time as a Music Technology student at Canterbury College. Following his work at the College, Chris was asked to attend an event at Buckingham Palace alongside 60 other volunteers who have taken part in the #iwill campaign.

To coincide with The Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday, a reception was held at Buckingham Palace celebrating the work of His Royal Highness's patronages, charities, military affiliations and others involved in public service. Individuals who had made a positive impact through youth social action were invited to attend this event. This included Chris Horgan, whose work was coordinated through the College’s Students’ Union and the IT department. Chris was accompanied by Lucy McLeod, Canterbury College Principal, together they represented the EKC Group at the event.

Attendees were given a tour of the grounds before The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Sussex gave their speeches. Both spoke of their work with the Princes Trust and how important youth social action is to improving communities throughout the UK. Following the royal speeches, Chris and Lucy, amongst others, were invited to dine on tea and cake and enjoy the grounds.

Chris, Level 2 Music Technology student, said: “It’s really eye opening to see how much social action work is completed around the UK. It was a pleasure to have been invited to Buckingham Palace. I really enjoyed hearing Prince Harry speak about the impact social action can have on others.”

As part of a Group, Canterbury College has been an active champion and advocate of youth social action within Kent. An invitation to this royal reception has rewarded the work that our students have completed in conjunction with the surrounding community.

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