They say that the Devil makes work for idle hands. If this adage holds water, then the Earl of Wessex is very safe from impromptu tasks and fidgeting indeed following his most recent line up this week. As part of his tour of the county of Surrey in the United Kingdom on Thursday, Prince Edward managed to fit no less than four separate charities in just one day.
While making his rounds about the county, the Earl managed to find time and energy to visit the Leatherhead Youth Project, GASP, the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, and the Community Foundation for Surrey before teatime. A feat most definitely worthy of some praise!
The Prince’s visit allowed him to see up close the various projects and achievements that the charities have all undertaken within Surrey and their contributions to the local community. Many seek to empower young people living in more deprived areas of the county and provide them with the skills, experience and confidence necessary to find success in life by cultivating and training up their unique talents and interests.
For example, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre treated Prince Edward to excerpts of their own production of the musical Guys And Dolls, as well as giving him a quick behind-the-scenes look into their next big production: an adaption of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, where he was shown the sets and introduced to the cast. The Youth Theatre was proud to showcase some their efforts to engage with the local community, and pleased to be able to do so before a member of the Royal Family.
Leatherhead Youth Project (LYP) showed His Royal Highness the various projects that the charity has gotten children from ages 11-17 involved in, including a small independently run coffee shop run on site by young apprentices who are taught how to make and serve coffee. During his visit, the Earl of Wessex unveiled a plaque commemorating the occasion.
The Earl also met with some of the youngsters working with GASP, a project based in Albury dedicated to teaching teenagers and young adults basic, practical skills in mechanics and engineering. It caters specifically to children who respond well to alternative teaching techniques outside of a typical classroom setting and is a lot more hands-on than other forms of education. During his visit of the centre, the Earl was shown the mobile teaching centre that GASP uses to reach children further afield from the centre itself, as well as some examples of the projects those enrolled, have been working on.
Of a more broad objective, the Community Foundation for Surrey were more interested in highlighting how they’ve been giving to the community at large, introducing Prince Edward to their various donors, supporters, volunteers and staff. They were pleased to educate the Earl of Wessex how the charities grants to local groups in the area have provided vital services that may otherwise be unavailable to the more vulnerable in society.
At the end of it, the Earl had undoubtedly made an impact, with all involved commenting on how proud they are to have been able to show off their achievements. As for the Prince himself, we’re certain he was appreciative of the chance to relax after a long day’s hard work!