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ROYAL VISIT: Duchess of Cornwall pays special visit to Mill End Community Centre

 Published on: 15th October 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Duchess of Cornwall paid a visit to the Mill End Community Centre in October to serve customers as part of her role with the Royal Voluntary Service.

Camilla is president of the Royal Voluntary Service and has been taking part in the phone call scheme which began during lockdown intending to keep up communication with the elderly and isolated pensioners who would have normally been coming for lunch.

Doris Winfield, 86, built up a rapport with Camilla and invited her for a visit to the Mill End Lunch Club when it reopened, and the Duchess took her up on the offer.

Tricia Hedge, lead of the club, worked very hard in conjunction with government guidelines and made the dining room COVID-19 safe.

Camilla donned her mask and visor to serve the main course to guests and sat with a cup of tea chatting to her new friend, Doris. 

Before leaving, she thanked all of the volunteers for the work for society and the community. 

A spokesperson for the club said: “As the only RVS Lunch Club in the country to reopen, Mill End proved it can be done safely. The Duchess recognises the fact that the social aspect, the meeting of friends is sometimes more important for mental health and wellbeing of elderly isolated people than the actual meal provided.

“We are proud to have her support and value the hard work she puts in as our president. Having just received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Work, The Mill End Community Centre is very proud to be the venue for this group’s amazing work.”

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