The Princess Royal Visits New College WorcesterPublished: Thursday, 7th February 2019
On Wednesday 6 February, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal paid a visit to New College Worcester (NCW), school for the blind and visually impaired, to celebrate the work of overseas volunteers.
NCW is a secondary school and college for young people who are blind or visually impaired and is one of the many partner schools that benefit from hosting Lattitude volunteers from overseas during placements in the UK. HRH The Princess Royal is the Patron of Lattitude Global Volunteering.
Each year, Lattitude international volunteers provide excellent support to blind and visually impaired students during the school day in lessons, as well as in the residential houses and at extra curriculum leisure activities.
HRH The Princess Royal received a tour of the Sixth Form Residential House, the Fit4Purpose Multi-Gym and experienced various classroom demonstrations.
Whilst there, Her Royal Highness spent time talking with students, volunteers and staff who all shared their positive experiences of Lattitude volunteers and their time at New College Worcester.
Nic Ross, Principal of New College Worcester, said: “This was a brilliant opportunity to showcase the tremendous impact Lattitude volunteers have on our students. It was wonderful to see our students talking so confidently to Princess Anne about their experiences at NCW and the role the volunteers play here. I have had many proud moments at NCW, but this day possibly topped them all.”
During the day, HRH The Princess Royal received a musical performance by Sixth Form students, and was also invited to present awards to volunteers and staff.
Charlotte Wallberg, a recent Lattitude volunteer at NCW, received an award for her ‘Outstanding Contribution’: “I feel so lucky to have been a part of this very special day and even more honoured to have received an award. Volunteering has been so rewarding for me, and has very much changed my perspective on life. Meeting HRH The Princess Royal was also an incredible memory I will never forget.”
To conclude the visit, Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque and was presented with a gift by student and RDA National Show Jumping Champion, Carys.