Our President, HRH Duchess of Cornwall drops in for tea

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 HRH Duchess of CornwallRoyal Voluntary Service today welcomed HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to a vintage-inspired tea party held at the Trinity Centre in Bristol.

Guests took a trip back in time as they tucked into tasty treats including tea and cucumber sandwiches, as well as homemade cakes and scones. Energised by the spread, and led by local lindy hop and swing dance group, Hoppin Mad, the guests then took to the dance floor to music inspired by the 1950s.

The tea party was organised to celebrate the partnership between Royal Voluntary Service and McCarthy & Stone which will see the retirement housebuilder run a series of fundraising events throughout 2017, its 40th anniversary, to raise money for the charity. The company aims to raise over £130,000 to support Royal Voluntary Service.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who is president of Royal Voluntary Service, met with volunteers and older people who use our services to find out more about how the charity helps older people to stay physically active and connected to their local communities. Homeowners and staff from nearby McCarthy & Stone developments also joined the festivities.

Lillian Murphy, from Westbury-on-Trym, who at 91 years old is still one of our active volunteers, told the Duchess of Cornwall how Royal Voluntary Service helped to greet her and her family when they arrived in this country during the Second World War.

HRH Duchess of Cornwall

"I do a lot of walking to help me keep fit, I’m a Walk Leader and I often take groups out walking in the countryside. And of course I’m a volunteer for Royal Voluntary Service. I visit a gentleman who is housebound most weeks and I occasionally accompany him on hospital visits. I’m also volunteer Community Researcher for Bristol Aging Better, which works to reduce isolation amongst older people. I like to keep busy!"

Royal Voluntary Service volunteer, Ian Bickerton from Henleaze, age 63, explained how he keeps fit and active in older age

"We’re delighted our president, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was able to join our tea party today. It was a perfect occasion to say thank you to our army of volunteers, who give their time so generously - bringing help, smiles and conversation to the lives of a growing number of older people. Without the support of local communities as well as organisations like McCarthy & Stone, we wouldn’t be able to operate. The contribution they make cannot be underestimated."

David McCullough, Chief Executive of Royal Voluntary Service

"It is wonderful to be able to mark our 40th anniversary through this partnership with Royal Voluntary Service and great to see so many people come together today to celebrate the work of the charity. Our homeowners were absolutely thrilled to meet The Duchess of Cornwall."

Richard Wilson, Estates Manager at McCarthy &Stone

For further information

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering charities in Britain powered by more than 35,000 volunteers who regularly provide practical help to over 100,000 older people in their homes, communities and in hospitals.

To become a local volunteer search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation.

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