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Princess Anne to visit new housing scheme

A new housing development will get the Royal seal of approval on Wednesday 10th September as Princess Anne will visit Redrow’s new Lucas Green development in Whittle-le-Woods where she will take a tour around as well as officially opening two new show homes.

As well as The Princess Royal’s official duties, as president of the Carers Trust she will receive a donation for the charity from Redrow as well as giving a short talk about the work of Carers Trust and the need for the building of homes that enable carers and those whom they care for to remain in local communities. House builder, Redrow, has supported the Carers Trust for a number of years.

14322107000_9b654f6b74_bAs well as special guests, Princess Anne will also get the chance to meet some carers who are still in employment as well as some who have had to give up jobs due to their caring role. One guest in particular will be Steve Rimmer, Redrow site manager, who divides his time between overseeing the construction of the Lucas Green development and looking after his mother who has Alzheimer’s, though Steve’s wife is her Mother-in-Law’s full time carer.

The Carers Trust began as The Princess Royal Trust for Carers on the initiative of Princess Anne. At its inception it was scarcely recognised that carers required support and hence the Trust became the largest provider of comprehensive carer support in the UK. In 2012 the PRTC merged with Crossroads Care to form the Carers Trust.

Whilst on her visit to Lucas Green, The Princess Royal will have the opportunity to meet the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Dr Barry Johnson, the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Councillor Roy and Margaret Lees as well as Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle.

The Lucas Green development will see three, four and five bedroomed houses built, some of which will include some of the most stringent standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Princess Anne will be on hand to officially open two of these houses which will both include features to encourage the recycling of more household waste.

The newly developed houses will have more facilities and be more accessible for those with disabilities including easy access at the front and rear of the house, wider internal doorways for wheelchair users and easy to navigate open plan layouts.

The Carers Trust also supports more young carers than any organisation in the world, reaching more than half of all young carers supported in the UK.
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