Herefordshire Society: The Countess of Wessex visits Herefordshire
PUBLISHED: 12:45 30 November 2010 | UPDATED: 17:10 20 February 2013
HRH The Countess of Wessex spent a day in Herefordshire, visiting the county's charities
Hope Family Centre
Castle House Hotel
Sophie Wessexs day in Herefordshire
HRH The Countess of Wessex spent a day in Herefordshire, visiting the countys charities.
The Countesss first engagement was at Growing Point, Holme Lacy, where horticultural therapy helps children and adults with disabilities. As well as meeting some of the countys civic dignitaries she heard about the history of Herefordshires Growing Point before touring the site and meeting staff, users and volunteers. Groups present included Scope, Over 60s, Barrs Court School and Ledbury ABI Transitional Living Unit. She was guided around the garden by the chairman of Herefordshire Growing Point, Laura Hone and the Courses Co-ordinator, Sue Eaton.
Her next visit was the Breast Haven, Hereford, where she had lunch, toured the therapy rooms and met visitors and therapists. Previously a Trustee of the charity, The Countess is now President of its Guardian scheme. She was accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley, and was greeted by the Havens founder Sara Davenport and CEO Rowena Bartlett, as well as Hereford Mayor Sylvia Daniels and Herefordshire High Sheriff Gilbert Greenall.
The Countess then visited Herefordshire Councils Centre 18 in Hereford, to meet some of the countys looked-after children. Centre 18 provides a meeting place where young people in care can get together on a regular basis. The centre also provides them with support and new skills helping them make the transition to independence.
The Countesss next call was to the HOPE Family Centre in Bromyard, where she met families and was introduced to the trustees and council staff. Thanks to more than 1.3 million funding from Advantage West Midlands and Europe through the Rural Development Programme for England, the centre is about to embark on an exciting building project and will become one of the countys first new co-location centres.
In the evening Sophie Wessex attended a reception at Castle House hotel.