March 17th 2015


An employer from Matlock has been invited to attend a Royal Garden Party this May, after demonstrating their support for the Reserve Forces.

Bernadette Lawley, Neighbourhood Services Team Leader, at Dales Housing Limited in Matlock, is set to travel to Buckingham Palace to attend the prestigious event.

Dales Housing currently employs one Reservist in the town who serves with the Army Reserve.

Dales Housing owns and manages approximately 3,500 properties, comprising of family housing, single person’s accommodation, designated and sheltered housing properties.

Bernadette Lawley, from Dales Housing Limited, said: “Being invited to attend a Royal Garden Party is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I was happy to accept John’s kind invitation.

“Reservists in my experience are a great asset to our team. They have many transferable skills such as team working, leadership and communication skills that are developed in their military training which can benefit our business on the ground.”

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE Director, nominated Bernadette Lawley to attend the garden party as she has demonstrated personal support to her Reservist employee. John explained: “Reservists make a vital contribution to our national defence capabilities. This contribution would not be possible without the support and understanding of employers such as Dales Housing Limited.

“Attending a Royal Garden Party is a small recognition for those like Bernadette Lawley who personally support their Reservist employees.”