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Princess Anne: champion for children

An East Lancashire charity celebrated in Royal style on Wednesday 10th September as Princess Anne paid a visit to help them commemorate their 50th birthday in true Royal fashion.

The Save the Children UK dinner at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel in Chipping saw Princess Anne attend as the guest of honour in her role as President of Save the Children, a role which she has held since 1970.

Princess Anne on a previous engagement.

Princess Anne on a previous engagement.

The lunch saw 124 volunteers attend as well as supporters from the North West region. Amongst those in attendance was the Lancashire branch secretary, Frances Seth who had this to say about the event, “We are delighted that Her Royal Highness, President of Save the Children since 1970, came along to thank the volunteers for their hard work and commitment, and the supporters, without whom we would not be able to make a difference to the lives of children here in the UK and in more than 120 countries worldwide.”

Save the Children is an international charity that works to provide support and relief to children in developing countries by campaigning for policy change and delivering food aid, amongst many other things. Last year, Save the Children helped over 15 million children, the most ever in its 95 year history.

Also thankful for The Princess Royal’s support was Terence Lovell, Head of Community Giving at the charity, he commented “It is an honour that HRH The Princess Royal joined us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Save the Children here. It was impossible to leave today without a spring in your step as we saw the vast array of support.”

Whilst being star guest at the Save the Children dinner, Princess Anne also took the time to talk to individual volunteers as well as making a speech of her own to all the guests at the lunch.

While Anne was in Lancashire she also dropped by Whittle-le-Woods to officially open a new Redrow housing development.

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