Our Royal Patron recognises the dedication of carers by attending a lunch at Disability Initiative
14 Jul 2016
Our Patron, HRH the Countess of Wessex showed her appreciation to the carers of DI by attending a lunch recently where they shared their stories and experiences. Held at the Resource Centre in Camberley, the occasion was to recognise the extraordinary contributions carers make every day to support and care for someone.
HRH was greeted by Lucy Brown, DI's Chief Executive and Bill Biddell the charity's President, as well as members of staff and carers. Throughout the lunch, a number of carers spoke candidly about poignant and pivotal moments in their caring lives. These extremely moving stories told by the carers painted clear pictures of the lives these incredible people lead, but also highlighted the selflessness, determination and dedication that they all commit each and every day.
The Countess interacted with the carers, asked questions and gained a true insight into such a multifaceted world. To close, HRH, gave a speech of acknowledgement confirming the sentiment of thanks, gratitude and support directed at the carers. Before leaving, the ever friendly and warm Countess took a tour of the social area of the building where she spoke to and laughed with a number of our clients.
Catering for the occasion was provided by Farnborough College of Technology and the canapés and food supplied were exceptional. As a first for the very excited students, they were a shining example of promise and decorum. A credit to the college.
The afternoon provided an outstanding opportunity for the Countess to recognise the individuals who give of themselves selflessly. The carers were all members of the DI Carer's Group, set up by Disability Initiative to provide support, respite and a space to set their own goals and achieve aspirations. It is occasions and groups such as these that aim to demonstrate how grateful we are to the people who have such a huge influence in our society.
DI's carers group meet monthly
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