A STUDENT nurse who has raised more than £21,000 for charity has been invited to meet HRH the Princess Royal in recognition of her fund-raising efforts.
Jade Marsh, a University of Worcester student from Hereford, took part in a host of events to raise funds for both the Motor-Neurone Disease (MND) Association and St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford in memory of her father, Dylan, who died of the muscle-wasting disease in 2013 aged just 51.
Including numerous marathons and half marathons, an aeroplane wing-walk and cycling events, the 24-year-old was recognised for her efforts with an invitation to a reception at The Law Society in London, hosted by the Motor-Neurone Disease (MND) Association, of which Princess Anne is the patron.
She said: “It was a truly wonderful evening and I feel so privileged to have been invited along. Princess Anne was lovely.
“There were approximately 80 guests and she took the time to speak to every single person.”
Jade, who is in the third year of her Nursing degree and hopes to work in neurology, was among a star-studded guest list invited to the reception. As well as meeting HRH the Princess Royal, Jade also met, actor, Jeremy Sheffield, who played Patrick, a MND sufferer in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.
She said: “He worked closely with the MND Association and portrayed the disease very well. He also donated £100 to a page I set up for a lady living with MND to help fund her to go on one last holiday, so it was really nice to meet him. Plus I am a huge Hollyoaks fan.
“I have already secured a job at Hereford County Hospital, when I complete my degree, working in the cardiology and respiratory ward. I’m really looking forward to starting my nursing career now and hope in the future to work in neurology, as it is so close to my heart,” she added.
To support Jade and her work, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/jademarsh