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Amy’s duck meals desk in Alresford has obtained royal recognition from the Queen in a letter from her woman in ready


A LOCAL superstar has been praised by the Queen for her “devoted work caring for the water birds in Alresford” in response to a letter on ‘Amy’s duck meals desk’ and the current swan killings.

Amy Barnham and her work with the birds was talked about by the Queen in a letter responding to ‘Amy’s duck meals desk’ supporter Chloe Lord.

On July 29 Chloe obtained a letter from Windsor Citadel.

The letter dated July 22, addressed from the Woman-in-Ready learn: “The Queen was to listen to about Amy’s devoted work caring for the water birds of Alresford and the meals desk she has created for the appreciative geese and swans, however Her Majesty was unhappy to be taught that two of the native swans have just lately been shot.”

Bob Barnham and his daughter Amy, of The Dean, Alresford, arrange the duck meals desk three years in the past to supply Amy with a objective, fight her studying difficulties and provide a safer and more healthy various to feed the native water birds.

Amy, 26, has important studying difficulties and uncontrolled epilepsy brought on by a type of mind injury known as dysgenesis of the corpus callosum.

Bob had no concept that supporter Chloe Lord despatched the letter praising Amy’s duck meals desk and was left speechless by the response from the royal household.

Amy’s father stated: “I’m actually speechless about it, it was actually onerous to grasp that it was actual. That the queen had really been informed about Amy’s desk and she or he was and despatched her commiserations concerning the useless swans. It was identical to wow, I can’t actually fathom it.”

Bob got here up with the concept of the desk when faculty at a specialist unit got here to an finish for his daughter and she or he wanted a brand new routine.

Hampshire Chronicle: Amy Barnham, 26, at Amy's Duck Table

He stated: “Amy loves feeding the geese and I actually need to give her as regular and fulfilled life as I presumably can. I would like her to have the ability to entry one thing like all of us do.

“She’ll by no means work, and she or he’s all the time cherished happening to the river and feeding the geese and swans. She adores swans.

“So, on the weekend we make up wholesome duck meals and take it right down to somewhat tenting desk we put on the market.

“I created her this job mainly. It went from 15 baggage a weekend to round 800 baggage every week because it’s that well-liked, significantly throughout the college holidays.”

Amy has since grow to be a little bit of a neighborhood superstar inside the Alresford space, getting up each morning to do her job regardless of having a number of seizures all through the evening.

Bob continued: “It’s helped Amy together with her cognitive considering and communication, she meets so many individuals on the river. And likewise, from a physio perspective she carries various weights of the field and baggage, so it’s helped her bodily as properly. She walks significantly better than she used to, she’s happier. It’s had a large impression on her.

“For me, as dad, I’m simply so blissful that it’s labored for her. She’s my inspiration, she conjures up me each single day with every little thing she goes by within the evening and nonetheless will get up within the morning and desires to do her job.”

With out day companies to deal with Amy, Bob needed to depart his job of 18 years as a upkeep technician behind him.

The daddy-daughter duo and their duck desk will be discovered on the backside of The Dean by the River Arle in Alresford. The desk consists of duck pleasant meals, notices from the Wildlife Belief and British Waterways in addition to a donations pot for individuals to fund the meals purchases.

The swans that had been shot by the river in Might had been two of Amy’s favourites.

Bob stated: “She had an unbelievable relationship with the male swan, he was actually grumpy with everybody and canine however with Amy he was calm, and he would stand and bow his head to her.

“All people knew about this relationship so when he was shot everybody crowded round her and wished to know she was okay and despatched playing cards and presents. I feel that was the motivation for Chloe to jot down to the Queen as a result of it was an enormous factor domestically.

“So, getting a response has undoubtedly lifted the temper.”

Chloe, 29, who lives in Bordon stated: “After the swans had been shot and everybody was so unhappy it made me consider the Queen. Because the swans are The Queens animals I believed it will be good to share with Her Majesty the work that Amy does, and the love and assist that the city had for ‘Amy’s Swans’ and the geese in fact.

“It was so beautiful to get a personalised reply, and so unbelievable that The Queen would ship some info on the Swan Upping that’s finished every year.”

For extra go to Amy’s Duck Meals Desk on Fb.



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