PRINCESSES Beatrice and Eugenie were left in tears by an incredible fundraising grandmother during a virtual awards ceremony.
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Both Beatrice and Eugenie have been taking on charity work throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In May Princess Eugenie revealed her designer made face masks for children and called for people to support the NHS. The royal sisters have been tipped by experts to take on a more prominent role after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s departure.
The Teenage Cancer Trust hosted a Zoom call on June 30 to honour award winning fundraisers.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie were visibly moved when they heard the story of a grandmother fund-raising for the charity.
Enid Waterfall, 85, from Wrexham had been raising money for the group in memory of her grandson Richard, who died in 2018 from a rare bone cancer.
Mrs Waterfall’s efforts had raised an astonishing £28,000 for the charity.
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PRINCESSES Beatrice and Eugenie hosted a virtual awards ceremony (Image: PA)
BEATRICE was left emotional from a story by a fund-raising grandmother (Image: Twitter / Teenage Cancer Trust)
Princess Eugenie paid teary tribute to the grandmother on the video call.
Eugenie poured praise on Mrs Waterfall, saying she created a “legacy” for her late grandson.
She said: “First of all, to hear about your grandson Richard – what an amazing thing to do, in honour of his memory.
“I think it almost chokes me up a bit because it must be so difficult to do that.”
ERIN WATERFALL was honoured for her charity work after her grandson died from cancer in 2018 (Image: Twitter / Teenage Cancer Trust)
EUGIENE claimed Mrs Waterfall had created a ‘legacy’ for her grandson (Image: Twitter / Teenage Cancer Trust)
Mrs Waterfall went on to give a beautiful explanation for her fundraising: “Strangely enough you feel closer to Richard when you’re doing it.
“And the reaction from people – it’s not me, it’s the people who give, it’s the people who work with me, it’s everyone who approaches you and keeps giving money – time after time after time.”
The stunning explanation left both the Royal sisters and Mrs Waterfall emotional.
Beatrice, teary-eyed, said: “Thank you for all your incredible work… for you and also for Richard’s legacy – thank you for everything.”
The royal sisters also praised nurse consultant Nicky Pettitt, who won an award for being moved from supporting young cancer patients to a coronavirus ward.
Eugenie explained to Mr Pettitt that her father-in-law George Brooksbank was admitted to hospital for COVID-19 in March, and congratulated the nurse consultant’s efforts in fighting the virus.
Eugenie said: “My husband’s father was in hospital and every time we spoke to someone, who had to tell us the news, they had to ring every patient’s family that day.
“That must’ve been such an awful thing to have to do.”
THE ROYAL SISTER have been tipped to replace Harry and Meghan as the faces of the family (Image: PA)
TEENAGE CANCER TRUST holds the pair as honorary patrons (Image: PA)
Beatrice and Eugenie are honorary patrons of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
They previously joined a call to highlight the challenges young people with cancer face.
Eugenie said: “It has been a real honour for Beatrice and I to present these awards to such dedicated, kind and inspiring individuals.
“Hearing what it has been like working on the frontline, the personal stories that drive fundraising and how inspirational young people have campaigned in the face of adversity – and all during a global pandemic – will stay with us forever.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK