Tuesday 6th March 2018 was a very special day for our founder and CEO, Jackie Hewitt-Main OBE. Not only was it her birthday but it was also the day she headed to Buckingham Palace with her sons, Richard and Stuart, and her friend and Cascade Foundation trustee, Sue Blackburn, to collect her OBE.
So, who better to tell the story of this historical day than Jackie herself!
“On Tuesday I went to Buckingham Place to receive my OBE for my work with prisoners with learning disabilities in prison and the community.
“Talking to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge about our project was fantastic. I completely forgot to call him His Right Honourable Sir and I was scared that I would curtsy too low and not be able to get back up again, hilarious!
“Prince William thanked me for all my work within UK prisons and was impressed that we had just won the Duke of York Award. He also gave me advice to contact another person to help with my projects. WOW!! And yes he knows and has read all about The Cascade Foundation.
“We then went on to the House of Commons but we were an hour late after having so many photos taken at Buckingham Palace.
“When we arrived, we were met by Lord Dominic Addington. I started working with him in 2007 when he visited the HMP Chelmsford project and he has spoken in the House of Lords about so many of my projects. He is a very keen supporter of everything we do at The Cascade Foundation.
“We also met with Rebecca Harris MP who started working with me in 2012 with Andrew Sheldon. Between them, they have held several debates in the House of Commons that have helped me acquire funding from Serco and Manchester College and enabled me to take the project to HMP Doncaster with John Biggin OBE.
“We were delighted to have Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster also join us and she is now helping us and thanked me for my work within Doncaster.
“What a fantastic day!!!”