SAFA charity boss scoops invite to Royal Wedding

Cindy Daltioni, CEO of SAFA, was among the hundreds of guests invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

A BARROW charity boss found herself amongst royalty after being invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Cindy Daltioni, CEO of self harm awareness charity SAFA was among the hundreds asked invited to the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Dozens of ordinary men and women were guests at the wedding because of the important work they do for their community.

It was day to remember, and the invitation was a nice recognition of the work that SAFA does in our community

Mrs Daltioni described her inclusion and the recognition of SAFA as a proud moment.

She said “It was amazing.  We really were treated like royalty.  We were within about 10ft of everybody.

“It was a beautiful day, and we had lots of space to see the action from the front, and take lots of photographs.  It was a day to remember, and the invitation was a nice recognition of the work that SAFA does in our community.”

For several years Prince Harry has been a champion of mental health awareness. Founder of the Heads Together charity, he has spoken out of the trauma he suffered following the death of his mother Princess Diana, and the importance of speaking more openly about mental health.

On mental health, the Prince has said:  “It is OK to have depression, it is OK to have anxiety and it is OK to have an adjustment disorder.

“We need to improve the conversation.  We all have mental health in the same way we all have physical health.”

Mrs Daltioni would like to use the opportunity given by the royal wedding to highlight the work of the charity, and further encourage people to speak about mental health problems.

She said:  “I haven’t met anybody that has not had a struggle in their life. For Prince Harry to start talking about it [his own mental health], it was huge.

“I’ve had two people come through this year to thank SAFA, saying they would not be here if not for us.  That is what keeps me going.”