HRH Duchess of Cornwall serves sausage and mash to poorly youngsters

Elysia Havard, centre, with mum Vanessa, dad David and HRH Duchess of Cornwall, left
Elysia Havard, centre, with mum Vanessa, dad David and HRH Duchess of Cornwall, left

A young woman who endured a heart, kidney and lungs transplant was invited to enjoy a meal with the HRH Duchess of Cornwall.

Elysia Havard, 20, of Dunsmore near Wendover, visited Clarence House in London where the Duchess, Camilla Bowles, served sausage and mash to her special guests.

Elysia, who visits the children’s hospice Helen & Douglas House in Oxford, travelled to London with fellow hospice users for the day, where they also got to decorate the royal Christmas tree.

Before her kidney transplant Elysia – who lives with her parents David and Vanessa – went into end stage renal failure, leaving her needing regular dialysis.

She also contracted a brain infection which caused her to suffer from complex partial seizures, and now she has to take medication and have a special feed.

This is the sixth year the Duchess, who is a patron of Helen & Douglas House, has invited families who use the charity to Clarence House.

Elysia said: “The Duchess of Cornwall and all her staff made us feel so welcome. She even remembered me from her visit to Douglas House in the summer.

“Meeting Freddie, the Welsh Guard,was brilliant. He let me try on his bearskin and joked and laughed with everyone. It was a truly memorable day.”