Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, visited Rudyard Sailability today (Wednesday 24th April 2013) escorted by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE and Mrs Jane Dudson.
Princess Anne is the Patron of RYA Sailability, a charity that offers sailing opportunities to people of all abilities, and visited the club to show her support for the charity’s endeavours. She was welcomed at Rudyard Sailability by children and staff of Horton St Michael’s Junior School.
Club chairman and principal Dennis Priebe showed Her Royal Highness to the charity’s brand new boathouse where she met chief instructor Gary Lowe and children from the Meadows and Community Schools along with club members and volunteers.
Her Royal Highness was able to see for herself how the high-tech, state-of-the art-boats and equipment allow disabled people to experience the freedom of sailing along or with others.
Princess Anne also met trustees, supporters and members of the construction team, all of whom have volunteered their time, expertise and materials to the accessible boathouse project.
Before leaving, Her Royal Highness met children from Horton Lodge Community School who were be engaged in a nautically-themed arts and crafts session.
Upon departure, Princess Anne signed the charity’s Visitors’ Book and was presented with a posy of flowers by Rudyard Sailability member Tilly Griffiths.