The work of Kerry Longhorn, Service Lead at Invisible Walls HMP / YOI Winchester, has received royal recognition with an invite to the Queen’s Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
The service, run by Spurgeons Children’s Charity, supports children affected by parental imprisonment, providing parenting guidance to fathers in the prison. This includes a homework club where dads help their child with school work; parenting courses; and the provision of support and information to families through its visitors’ centre.
Kerry, who lives in Basingstoke, was nominated to attend the prestigious event by the former High Sherriff of Hampshire, Lady Louisa Portal. Lady Louisa supported Kerry’s work as Service Lead at Invisible Walls during her time as the High Sherriff of Hampshire.
Lady Louisa’s support included running a Christmas card competition amongst the fathers in custody, with the two winning entries and a description of Invisible Walls featured on her official Christmas cards.
Kerry Longhorn said: “I’m really proud to have been invited to this royal engagement. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were at the garden party, along with William and Kate and Princess Anne. They were really welcoming and spent a lot of time making their way through the crowd, speaking to guests.
“I am particularly pleased that the work of Spurgeons Children’s Charity at Invisible Walls, which supports prisoners and their families, was recognised alongside so many other inspirational services and organisations. It was a wonderful day that I will always remember and, after a very rainy week, even the weather was brilliant”.