The Duchess of Cornwall visits Maggie's Barts and the Royal Voluntary Service lunch club

Published 8 October 2020
The Duchess at Maggies Barts

This week, The Duchess of Cornwall carried out engagements with two charities of which she is President. 

Yesterday, Her Royal Highness visited Maggie's Barts at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, where she met centre visitors and families who have been supported by the charity, as well as cancer specialists and staff.

Across their 26 cancer centres, Maggie's provide free practical and emotional support for people with cancer, as well as family and friends.

The Duchess toured the facilities and learnt how the charity have adapted their services during Covid-19 through its online community, over the phone and email.

Today, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Royal Voluntary Service lunch club in Rickmansworth to meet some of the club’s regular diners and volunteers who have worked hard to reinstate the club despite the pandemic.

The lunch club is a welcoming place for older people to enjoy a meal, relax and socialise.

The Duchess was invited to visit the lunch club by 86-year-old Doris Winfield who Her Royal Highness spoke to on the phone during lockdown.

They have been exchanging letters ever since and today were able to meet for the first time in person. 

The Royal Voluntary Service is a national charity built on local volunteering, giving support to people who need it in NHS hospitals and communities.