25 Jun NEWS: Oakleaf Receives A Royal Visit
Oakleaf receives a royal visit on Monday 25th June as HRH the Earl of Wessex joins 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. Several clients as well as a number of our volunteers and supporters were able to meet Prince Edward. HRH took part in two of the courses on his visit, an IT training workshop and a hands-on upholstery masterclass.
HRH was received by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux. The Mayor of Guildford, Mike Parsons, Chairman of Oakleaf, Nick Powell and the charity’s Patrons Dame Penelope Keith and author Shaun Attwood were also in attendance.
“We’re thrilled to be celebrating 21 years as a charity this year,” 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. It is fantastic that the Royal Family have taken such a keen interest in mental health. We also hope this visit will raise awareness and reduce the stigma for those marginalized by society.”
The afternoon concluded in the sunshine with a warm thank you to HRH and Oakleaf’s supporters and volunteers. Oakleaf looks forward to many more years of supporting those struggling with mental illness; continuing to challenge and reduce the stigma of mental illness in Surrey.