Lord Hylton, one of the Centre’s long-time supporters, invited a group of clients to join him at the House of Lords for a tour and afternoon tea. Margaret Judge, one of the group, wrote this piece about the visit.
When I was told I had been invited to the House of Lords I felt nervous. I had never been there before let alone to meet a Lord! Lord Hylton met us in the lobby and introduced himself to us. He led us to a dining room in the House of Lords and he offered us tea, coffee and as many cakes as we wanted!
Lord Hylton put me at ease straight away, he was so down to earth and humble, and he was clearly very interested in hearing our stories and how we came to the Cardinal Hume Centre. I also spoke to him about how I came to this country, raised my family and worked to support them. I explained how the Centre has supported me to improve my IT and reading skills. I told him that I really enjoyed attending the Centre, especially the weekly reading group and the popcorn we eat whilst we read a book!
Afterwards, Lord Hylton showed us around the House of Lords. I have been past the building many times but this was the first time I had been inside.
What was most important to me is someone was interested in me as a person and what I had to say.
I really enjoyed it. I was so proud to visit and meet Lord Hylton.