On Friday, the Prince of Wales visited the country of Wales for a series of engagements starting in the capital city, Cardiff.
Here, His Royal Highness visited the BCB International Cardiff – a supplier of protective, medical, and defence equipment. The Prince toured the factory and viewed their full production processes. As he was shown around the site, the Prince saw Polar survival kits being packed and camouflage nets being cut.
For more than 160 years, BCB has helped develop life-saving equipment for those working in frontline services. During the global health emergency of the past 14 months, the BCB has donated a number of face coverings and personal protective equipment to countries such as Yemen, Lebanon, and Guyana. Other products made by the BCB include hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes, and thermometers.
Later in the afternoon, HRH travelled to Engine House in Merthyr Tydfil. The Engine House operates as a local food bank for the local community and has been used by numerous community groups. During his visit, The Prince met and spoke with volunteers and staff that coordinate the facility.
Engine House has become one of the first mass testing centres in the country and is being used as an exemplar for future facilities. The Prince also met and spoke with military and public sector staff involved in the testing process. The Merthyr Tydfil community was considered one of the worst-hit areas of the United Kingdom during the crisis, reporting an average of 741 cases per 100,000 people.
To finish off the day, the Prince visited the Merthyr Tydfil Synagogue. He spent his time learning about the Foundation for Jewish Heritage’s plan to restore the Grade II Synagogue that has stood empty since 2006. Built-in the 1800s, the Synagogue is in need of structural repair work. The Prince toured the temple and met with Trustees to learn of their plans to restore the building to a Welsh Jewish heritage and education centre. As a heritage centre, the 250+ year history of the Welsh Jewish community would be presented along with inter-cultural dialogue inside the new cultural venue for the community.