On Thursday, the 24th of April, the Earl and Countess of Wessex paid a visit to the Meningitis Now office in Stroud, coinciding with World Meningitis Day.
Meningitis Now is a charity which works towards making a difference and improving the lives of those people who are either at a risk of or suffering from Meningitis. Their vision is to have “a future where no one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives.” The Countess of Wessex has been the royal patron of Meningitis Now for the last ten years.
Upon their arrival, Sophie received a bouquet of flowers from three year-old Mattie Brunet-Lua, who had been suffering from Meningitis, but soon recovered. The royal couple also met with the staff, volunteers, and members of the families whose lives have been changed by the deadly disease.
The chief executive of Meningitis Now praised the Countess of Wessex for her work with the charity, saying “We were so delighted when the Countess requested to come and visit us as part of the tour with her husband and it was also lovely that Prince Edward was able to visit us for the first time and see the work we do.”
At the end of the visit, the Countess praised the Meningitis Now team for their work in relation to the Meningitis B vaccine, and thanked the families and their supporters for the energy and emotion that they put into the working of the organisation. This is the first visit to Meningitis Now for the Earl and the third visit for the Countess.
Later in the day, Their Royal couple traveled to the Forest of Dean, where Prince Edward unveiled a plaque at the opening of the Forest Enterprise Hub, and Sophie commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Orchard Trust. These visits are a part of the couple’s tour of Wessex to mark the Earl of Wessex’s 50th birthday.