Oakleaf receives a Royal Visit

Oakleaf received a royal visit on Monday 25th June as HRH the Earl of Wessex joined us in celebration of our 21st Birthday.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex spent a beautifully sunny afternoon touring the services and facilities at Oakleaf. Prince Edward was introduced to several clients who benefit from some of our services as well as a number of our volunteers and supporters. HRH took part in two of the courses on his visit, an IT training workshop and a hands-on upholstery master class.

HRH was received by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux and presented to the Mayor of Guildford, Mike Parsons, Chairman of Oakleaf, Nick Powell and the charity’s Patrons Dame Penelope Keith and author Shaun Attwood.

“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 21 years as a charity this year and marking the occasion with a visit from His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex,” said Clive Stone, Chief Executive of Oakleaf. “Mental illness affects all of us in some way or another. By integrating our clients into society and helping them re-enter the workplace through training and confidence-building activities, we not only dramatically improve lives but also educate others about mental illness and what help is available. We’re delighted that the Royal Family have taken such a keen interest in mental health and we really hope this visit will continue to raise awareness and reduce the stigma for those who are marginalized by society.”

The afternoon concluded in the sunshine with a warm thank you to HRH and all of the charity’s supporters and volunteers. Oakleaf looks forward to many more years of supporting those struggling with mental illness and continuing to challenge and reduce the stigma of mental illness in Surrey.