On Tuesday, the Countess of Wessex opened a new Dyslexia Action Learning Centre in Egham, Surrey. Fittingly, her visit to the Centre came during Dyslexia Awareness Week.
Dyslexia Action is a national charity, which tries to change the lives of people affected by dyslexia and other forms of learning difficulties. Not only do they offer direct support to the individuals with dyslexia, but also empower others in the community to support them whenever necessary.
Dyslexia Awareness Week, which this year lasts from the 3rd to the 9th November, is meant to raise awareness about Dyslexia. It is estimated that Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 people, meaning that more than 6 million people in the UK alone have this learning disability. Through raising awareness, Dyslexia Action hopes to help more children overcome difficulties they might face in the classroom and reach their full potential.
The new Dyslexia Action Learning Centre will help children and adults in the local community overcome their literacy difficulties. The Centre was opened following its move to a new location on Egham High Street. During her visit, the Countess meet some of the staff and students, and was shown how the specialist tuition offered at the Centre can really make a difference in the lives of those affected by dyslexia. She was then presented with a bouquet of flowers by 8 year-old Saffryn, young girl who studies at the Centre, who said that it was “very exciting” to meet the Countess.
Later, Sophie spoke about the opening, and thanked the staff, ambassadors and supporters of Dyslexia Action for their contributions and their work with raising awareness about dyslexia. Before leaving, she unveiled a plaque commemorating her visit and the opening of the new Learning Centre.
The Chief Executive of Dyslexia Action, Kevin Geeson, thanked the Countess of Wessex for her support, stating: “Dyslexia affects so many people across the UK, however too many people still don’t know what it is or how to identify the signs of dyslexia, which is why this Dyslexia Awareness Week is crucial for us”. He continued by saying: “We are delighted to have the support of The Countess of Wessex in raising awareness during the week”.