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Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteer invited to Royal wedding

Mike Bevington

5:01am 17th May 2018
(Updated 7:09am 17th May 2018)

A Yorkshire Air Ambulance volunteer from Harrogate has received an invite to the Royal Wedding.  

80 year-old Mike Bevington was put forward by the Ambulance after requests for deserving nominees were invited by the North Yorkshire Lord Lieutenant's office. 

He'll be heading to the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday. 

Mike  thought it was a mistake when he got the letter to say he was one of 1,200 members of the public being invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle on May 19 for the Royal couple's big day.

His nomination recognises more than a decade's dedicated work as a volunteer for the rapid response emergency charity.

Mike said:

"I was in such a state of shock when I got the letter I really did think it was a hoax initially.  I am surprised and just so grateful, especially as so many other people are just as deserving."

Barry Dodd, Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, added:

"Mike is a real unsung hero. An outstanding volunteer and an inspiration to any retired person who would like to give their time to a charity of their choice."

Mike, who had a long career in sales before his retirement, joined the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) as a volunteer when he fully retired ten years ago.

Charity workers, schoolchildren, Royal household members and Windsor residents are among the 1,200 members of the public invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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