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Prince Harry to Attend WellChild Awards Ceremony

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Prince Harry meets with Nellie-Mai Evans, Inspirational Young Person Award winner in the 7-10 years-old age group, at the WellChild Awards in London.

PRINCE HARRY TO ATTEND WELLCHILD AWARDS CEREMONY

Royal Lancaster Hotel, London

Monday 16th October, 2017

Prince Harry will attend the annual WellChild Awards at The Royal Lancaster Hotel on Monday 16th October. As Patron of WellChild, His Royal Highness will commend the courage of seriously ill children and their families, and thank those who care for and support them. Prince Harry will attend a pre-ceremony reception where he will meet the young winners of each award category and members of their families. He will then attend the ceremony where he will present the Award for Most Inspirational Child (aged 4-6) and deliver a short speech.

WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. Across the UK, growing numbers of children remain in hospital simply because there is no support enabling them to leave. Through a nationwide network of WellChild Nurses, home makeover projects and family support programmes, WellChild is committed to giving these children the best chance to thrive – at home, together with their families. Prince Harry became Patron of WellChild in 2007 and has attended their Awards Ceremony on seven previous occasions.

The Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy, including the outstanding health, social care and education professionals.

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Queen and Princess Royal to Mark Centenary

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Her Majesty The Queen and Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will attend a reception to mark the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp

12th October 2017

Her Majesty The Queen accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will attend a reception at the Army and Navy Club to mark the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Navy Service and the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corp on 12th October 2017.

The Royal party will be met on arrival by the Chairman of Army and Navy Club, Colonel Ian Paterson. The Chairman will escort the Royal party inside and present Commander Rosie Wilson, Chairman of the WRNS100 Project Group and Colonel Alison K Brown, Vice-President of the WRAC Association.

The Queen and The Princess Royal will meet Senior Naval and Army members alongside veterans who joined the ATS in 1941 and worked at Bletchley Park until VE Day.

The photographic display The Queen and The Princess Royal will see in the Wellington Room charts the progression of women serving in the Army from 1917 to the current day. The images have been chosen to reflect the changing roles and the widening of opportunities for women over the last 100 years.

Her Majesty The Queen is Patron of the WRAC Association (Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps) which incorporates the WAAC (renamed the QMAAC ‘Queen Mary Army Auxiliary Corps’ in 1918). The WRAC Association also incorporates the ATS, of which Her Majesty was a member.

WRNS 100 in 2017 is to celebrate the formation and history of the Women’s Royal Naval Service and to recognize the role of women in the Royal Navy today. It will celebrate the valuable work still done by the WRNS Benevolent Trust and the Association of Wrens. Some 116 National and regional events are planned culminating in a Service at Portsmouth Cathedral in November. A Commemorative Stone marking the formation of the WRNS and all the women of the Naval Services will be dedicated as part of the Service.

The Princess Royal is Patron and supporter of the WRNS Benevolent Trust, Patron of the Association of Wrens and is also the Patron of the WRNS100 Project. She is Admiral and Chief Commandant for Women in the Royal Navy.

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Prince Harry Launches New Partnership with MOD

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Prince Harry Launches New Partnership with MOD
Prince Harry speaking at an event on mental health at the Ministry of Defence, in Whitehall, London.

My ten years in the Army taught me a great deal. I learned about the true meaning of service, duty, resilience and dedication.

But in many ways I have learned more about the sacrifices our servicemen and women make for us all since I left the army and continued my work with the Invictus Games. Having a step back from day-to-day Army life has allowed me to think carefully about how we prepare, support, and care for those who wear the uniform.

Each one of our servicemen and women is carefully selected, highly trained and rigorously tested. A huge amount of time, energy and resources is invested in each person to make them the best that they can be. As the overall numbers of active duty personnel have reduced, we are naturally placing a premium on every individual being fighting fit and deployable. Quite simply, these men and women are prized asset which need to be continually invested in. In many ways we have to think of them as high performance athletes, carrying all their kit, equipment and a rifle.

Elite sports people now focus heavily on their mental approach to training and competing. They know that a perfectly fit body cannot win on the court, on the field, in the ring, or on the track if the mind is not focused. We have all seen professional athletes lose races or matches due to unforced errors. It is no different for anyone in high pressure roles.

During my time in the Army, I saw how important physical conditioning was and how we always warmed up before every run or loaded march to reduce the risk of injury. We should have the same approach to conditioning for our mental health too. The military has faced the challenge of dealing with things like post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression.

But like many of you in this room, I have come to realise that we can all do more to promote the positive management of our mental health and in doing so, help prevent some of these issues before they develop.

This is what the partnership between the MOD and The Royal Foundation is all about. Placing mental fitness and mental health at the heart of the training and support provided to the entire defence community.

The Royal Foundation has built up strong relationships in this space, through our work with the Invictus Games, the Endeavour Fund, and Heads Together. I am delighted that we are now going to make the most of what we have learned, and working with the MOD, fundamentally change the conversation on mental health inside the military.

This isn’t just about what to do when one our friends isn’t themselves. It’s about what we do to help each other stay mentally and emotionally sharp – getting that extra 20 or possibly 30% of performance, that can make all the difference. This isn’t just about the support we must provide for veterans with mental health challenges. It’s about providing tools and information that will help everyone in the Defence community to get ahead of some of these problems before they start.

And it isn’t just about the vital work to challenge stigma around mental health in our Armed Forces. It is about showing everyone the amazing advantages we will enjoy from training our minds as well as our bodies.

We should be bold about the goals we set ourselves. I see no reason that this partnership cannot be part of a cultural change around mental health that could lead to: More service men and women feeling resilient in the face of unforeseen circumstances, both on and off the battlefield; Fewer medical discharges as a result of people not getting ahead of their challenges; And a more confident, focused, and ultimately more combat ready military.

Throughout our training, we develop a mind-set which will not let weakness take over. We are taught to push ourselves through pain barriers to achieve what we thought was impossible. For too long, acknowledging emotion or challenging thoughts was seen as counterproductive to the fundamental characteristics of the Armed Forces.

Today, we are saying that taking mental health seriously is what professional and dedicated service men and women must do to be above the rest and leading from the front.

I am incredibly excited about what we are going to achieve.

Thank you.

– His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales

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Ministry of Defence and Royal Foundation Launch New Partnership

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry tour a TV studio during a visit to open the Global Academy in Hayes, London, in support of the Heads Together campaign.

Ministry of Defence and Royal Foundation Launch New Partnership to Improve Mental Health

Monday 9th October, 2017

His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon have today launched a new partnership to improve the mental health of current and former Armed Forces personnel.

The joint initiative between the MOD and the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry builds on the MOD’s recently launched mental health and wellbeing strategy, which outlines how the department will improve the mental health of its serving military and civilian personnel, their families, and veterans.

It will see the Royal Foundation provide advice and resources to the MOD to improve training, education and information sharing for the entire Armed Forces. The work will include annual briefings, websites and specialist support to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health.

Defence Personnel will be encouraged to use psychology and well-being in the same way as athletes do to maximise performance; emphasising the idea that mental fitness is as important as physical fitness when working as part of the Armed Forces.

The resources will be integrated into staff training courses and briefing processes across the Armed Forces from the middle of 2018, and will be widely available online, to strengthen the mental health support and services already available to Defence personnel.

Announcing the partnership, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“By looking after our mental health we are building a more effective armed forces that helps keep this country safe. Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are the best in the world but we will only maintain that if we are as serious about improving mental health as we are our combat skills and cutting-edge technology. So partnering with key groups like the Royal Foundation is an important part of our strategy to improve the wellbeing of our serving Armed Forces and veterans. ”

Sir Keith Mills, Chairman of the Royal Foundation said:

“Through our work with the Invictus Games, the Endeavour Fund, and most recently the Contact coalition through Heads Together, the Royal Foundation has had the privilege of convening some of the best expertise in the field of military mental health. We are delighted that this new partnership with the Ministry of Defence will see the UK leading the way internationally in prioritising the mental fitness of its entire defence community.”

While rates of mental disorder are slightly lower in the Armed Forces (3.2%) than in the general population (3.5%), improving the mental health of the MOD’s entire workforce is a key priority. The Defence People Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2017-2022, launched in July, builds on five years of research and aims to develop a coordinated approach to prevent, detect, and treat mental health and wellbeing issues, as well as introduce measures to promote the importance of mental health.

As part of that strategy, the MOD committed to collaborate with the Royal Foundation to produce Mental Health training to embed within compulsory courses and work with them on communications material. Today’s announcement delivers on that promise.

The wider Strategy includes plans to:

  • Encompass all Defence People – serving Armed Forces members (Regulars and Reserves), military families, veterans, and MOD civil servants;
  • Introduce standardised mental health and wellbeing education and training for all those working in Defence;
  • Invest in research on resilience training to ensure that individuals are as mentally fit as they can be to prevent depression and anxiety and monitoring of groups who are more likely to suffer from mental health issues, such as combat troops and medical personnel in support of them;
  • Improve access to clinical assessment (such as through digital delivery) and prioritisation for treatment;
  • Develop partnerships with key service charities in order to continue anti-stigma campaigning initiatives and share best practice;
  • Improve communication to the workforce about what help is on offer.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry has made mental health one of its key priorities. The Foundation operates by bringing together people and organisations with passion and expertise to tackle issues that are close to the heart of Their Royal Highnesses. As part of its work with the Invictus Games, Endeavour Fund, and most recently Heads Together the Foundation has partnered with veterans charities and experts to lead awareness raising activity and to provide support for veterans and serving military personnel as they recover from both physical and emotional challenges.

The Foundation is delighted to have the opportunity to make the most its expertise and partnerships in this area for the benefit of the Armed Forces.

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Duke of Cambridge Visits Data Observatory

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The Duke of Cambridge, is shown a display during a visit to Imperial College London's Data Observatory.

THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT THE DATA OBSERVATORY FOR A PRESENTATION ON THE IMPACT OF HEADS TOGETHER

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON

Friday 6th October, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge will visit the Data Observatory at Imperial College London to receive a briefing on the progress the Heads Together campaign and its partners have made towards changing the national conversation on mental health. Working with YouGov, and experts from the Data Science Institute at Imperial College London, Heads Together will present independently verified data outlining the progress made towards changing the national conversation on mental health. Importantly the research will reveal the remaining challenges that will inform the next steps in Heads Together’s work. Building on this successful foundation, Heads Together will now focus on providing support to help people have those conversations, focussing on schools, workplaces and the military, alongside other projects to be announced over the coming year.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry founded the Heads Together campaign in February 2016, in partnership with eight leading mental health charities to highlight how the power of conversations, being able to talk openly about mental health challenges, can be life-changing.

Heads Together has commissioned the largest ever survey involving 14,000 members of the British public in total, of how people talk about mental health in the UK and a measure of how this conversation is changing. The Data Science Institute offers invaluable expertise in visualising and analysing results from very large datasets.

During this engagement The Duke, together with representatives from The Royal Foundation and their charity partners, will hear about the research, including the evidence around ongoing challenges to be tackled, which has underpinned the second phase of the campaign.

The Data Observatory is the largest of its kind in Europe. Opened in November 2015, it provides an opportunity for academics and industry to visualise data in a way that uncovers new insights, and promotes the communication of complex data sets and analysis in an immersive and multi-dimensional environment.

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Prince Charles and Camilla to Visit Singapore, Malaysia and India

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Prince Charles and Camilla to Visit Singapore, Malaysia and India

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will
visit Singapore, Malaysia and India

30th October – 9th November 2017

Their Royal Highnesses’ visit, which is at the request of the British Government, will celebrate the U.K.’s partnership with these Commonwealth Nations on shared priorities in advance of the Commonwealth Summit in April 2018.

The visits will highlight key themes including celebrating community, cultural diversity and promoting business innovation.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will begin the tour in Singapore on 31st October.  Their Royal Highnesses will be welcomed by President Halimah Yacob at a ceremony at the Istana- the official residence and office of the President of Singapore. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong before attending an official dinner.

Key events in the programme will include a meeting with leaders from Singapore’s ten national religions in order to highlight Singapore’s innovative approach to community cohesion; an event with representatives from British companies working in Singapore to see how a collaborative approach to research and innovation is creating jobs in both countries; a wreath-laying ceremony to  acknowledge the sacrifices made by British, Singaporean and Commonwealth personnel during the two World Wars and other conflicts and an event to celebrate close UK-Singapore cultural collaborations.

The Duchess of Cornwall will also visit a school to meet young people aspiring to enter The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. The Duchess of Cornwall will present certificates to the 2017 winners and runners up, on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, at a formal Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in November.

On 3rd November, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will start their visit to Malaysia in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Key events in the programme include a Gala Dinner celebrating 60 years of diplomatic ties between the UK and Malaysia, attended by senior dignitaries in Malaysia as well as key figures from business, arts, culture and media. The programme also includes a celebration of the Commonwealth in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Summits to be held in the U.K in 2018 and Malaysia in 2020.

The Prince and The Duchess will visit Sarawak and Perak. His Royal Highness will see first-hand the work being done to promote wildlife conservation and the protection of biodiversity. Their Royal Highnesses will also meet members of Sarawak’s diverse indigenous communities.  The Duchess of Cornwall will meet representatives of Purple Lily, a non-Governmental Organisation committed to inspiring and empowering disadvantaged women and young girls by providing life skills training and financial education.

Their Royal Highnesses will end their visit to Malaysia in Georgetown, Penang, originally named Prince of Wales Island. The Prince and The Duchess will have the opportunity to meet members of the different religious and ethnic communities who live side-by-side in the UNESCO World Heritage site, and to experience its rich cultural heritage.

On 8th November The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit India. In addition to a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Their Royal Highnesses will undertake various engagements to celebrate the UK/India Year of Culture.

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Prince Harry to Attend 100 Women in Finance Gala Dinner

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Prince Harry meets with Nellie-Mai Evans, Inspirational Young Person Award winner in the 7-10 years-old age group, at the WellChild Awards in London.

PRINCE HARRY WILL ATTEND 100 WOMEN IN
FINANCE GALA DINNER IN AID OF WELLCHILD

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Wednesday 11th October, 2017

Prince Harry, Patron of 100 Women in Finance’s Philanthropic Initiatives, will attend a reception and gala dinner in aid of WellChild at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) on Wednesday 11th October. HRH will meet a number of guests, including parents of a young person helped by WellChild, at the reception, before attending a dinner at which he will make a short speech.

100 Women in Finance (100WF) is a leading non-profit organisation for professionals in the alternative investments industry. 100 WF’s Board of Directors selects a charitable organisation for its philanthropic initiative from women’s and family health, mentoring and education programmes. Net proceeds from this year’s Gala Dinner will be given to WellChild, of which The Prince is Patron.

WellChild is the national charity for seriously ill children and their families. Thousands of children and young people are living across the UK with serious or exceptional health needs. Many spend months, even years in hospital simply because there is no support enabling them to leave.

Through a nationwide network of children’s nurses, home and garden projects and family support services, WellChild helps get children and young people home from hospital quicker, supporting and empowering families to care for them safely at home. WellChild aims to give these children the best chance to thrive: safe at home, together with their families.

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Royal Trio To Celebrate World Mental Health Day

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry
To Celebrate World Mental Health Day

St James’s Palace and Buckingham Palace, London

Tuesday 10th October, 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will celebrate World Mental Health Day with two events on Tuesday 10th October.

The Duke and Prince Harry will firstly host a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the impact of Heads Together, and to thank all those who played a key role in the success of the campaign. Guests will include a number of the Heads Together runners, people who have shared their own mental health stories during the campaign including through the #oktosay film series, representatives from the Heads Together Charity Partners and The Royal Foundation, as well as those involved in the campaign’s delivery. Their Royal Highnesses will deliver speeches at this event.

That evening, The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK. The event will recognise the progress, hard work and dedication of those determined to raise awareness of mental health issues over many years. It will also provide an opportunity for Their Royal Highnesses to thank those from the sector for the support they provide to so many going through difficult times in their lives. Guests have been invited from across the country, including by the UK’s leading mental health organisations. The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will hear more from the invited guests about their work in the mental health sector, and The Duke will deliver a short speech.

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Duke of Cambridge to Attend New Zealand National Commemoration

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Reading by The Duke of Cambridge at the Last Post ceremony in Belgium

The Duke of Cambridge will attend the New Zealand National Commemoration for the Battle of Passchendaele

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

Thursday 12th October, 2017

The Duke of Cambridge, representing Her Majesty The Queen, will attend the New Zealand Commemoration for the Battle of Passchendaele on Thursday 12th October. His Royal Highness is taking part at the invitation of the government of New Zealand, which has organised the event. The Commemoration marks the centenary of what became known as the ‘darkest day’ of World War I for the New Zealand Division which, on 12th October 1917, suffered heavy losses during the Third Battle of Ypres.

On arrival at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Flanders, The Duke will be welcomed by representatives of the New Zealand government and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has responsibility for the Cemetery. There will also be a ceremonial welcome from the Māori Cultural Group of the New Zealand Defence Force.

His Royal Highness will then attend the National Commemoration Service, during which he will give an address on behalf of The Queen and lay a wreath at the New Zealand Memorial Wall to the Missing. After the service, The Duke will take part in the unveiling of a Centenary Plinth to mark the occasion. At the Tyne Cot Visitors Centre, he will meet New Zealand youth ambassadors and the historian, Dr. Ian McGibbon, who will provide a military overview of the Third Battle of Ypres. The visit will conclude with a lunch reception. Invited guests will include Willie Apiata VC, New Zealand’s only living Victoria Cross recipient, and members of the 90-strong New Zealand Defence Force Contingent in Belgium for the Commemoration, alongside local and national representatives.

During the course of the First World War, almost 100,000 New Zealanders – close to 10% of the country’s then population – served overseas in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF). More than 2200 Māori and around 500 Pacific Islanders served overseas with the New Zealand forces. Additionally, 550 nurses served overseas with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service, while others enlisted in the United Kingdom.

The Great War would claim the lives of 18,000 New Zealanders and lead to the wounding of 41,000. 2779 died at Gallipoli and more than 12,000 on the Western Front. The names of those who died are recorded on approximately 500 civic war memorials throughout New Zealand.

The Belgian village of Passchendaele has become a byword for the horror of the Great War on the Western Front. There, on 12 October 1917, the New Zealand Division attempted to take a German position at Bellevue Spur. Approximately 960 men were either killed in the fighting or died later of their wounds. The ‘darkest day’ accounted for six percent of New Zealand’s total casualties during the First World War. A further 1700 men were either wounded or became prisoners of war.

‘Tyne Cot’ or ‘Tyne Cottage’ was the name given by the Northumberland Fusiliers to a barn which stood near the level crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road. Around it were a number of German blockhouses, or pill-boxes. Today, the site is the world’s largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, and the final resting place of almost 12,000 servicemen of the British Empire from the First World War.

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Her Majesty The Queen To Visit Aberdeen

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Her Majesty The Queen To Visit Aberdeen
Queen Elizabeth II during a service at St Paul's Cathedral in London to mark the Centenary of the Order of the British Empire.

Her Majesty The Queen Will Visit Aberdeen

Friday, 29th September, 2017

Her Majesty The Queen will open the Robertson Family Roof Garden
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill, Aberdeen 

On arrival at the Matthew Hay Building (Emergency Care Centre), Her Majesty will be met by Councillor Barney Crockett, Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant for Aberdeen, and representatives of NHS Grampian including Reverend James Falconer, Healthcare Chaplain and project lead for the Roof Garden.  The Queen will also meet the Garden’s architect and designers as well as staff, volunteers, former patients and fundraisers.  Her Majesty will meet representatives of the Robertson family and gardeners in the therapeutic Roof Garden and view the unveiling of a silhouette feature in the Garden.   Reverend Falconer will lead a prayer of dedication after Her Majesty unveils a plaque to open the Robertson Family Roof Garden.

The Robertson Family Roof Garden is a unique and exciting garden space in the heart of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The garden exists to provide easy access to outside space that is constructed and planted to be safe, comforting and invigorating. It allows patients, relatives, visitors and staff the opportunity to engage and interact with a range of growing plants, grasses, and trees, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It also provides shelter, glass, light, visual effects and the chance to move out of the heat of a ward or a clinic environment to feel fresh air, wind – and even rain – and experience external daylight and professionally designed lighting.

The exciting plan for this transformative space began in 2012 when Rev. James Falconer, Healthcare Chaplain, having listened to many patient stories, began looking for outside space to take trauma patients in their beds. There was, at that time, no place available. Through his vision, drive, energy and determination, combined with the enthusiasm and support from many others, the Robertson Family Roof Garden came to being.

With amazing generosity, in 2013, the Royal Bank of Canada offered their entire gold medal winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show Garden, designed by Professor Nigel Dunnett, to NHS Grampian. Professor Dunnett redesigned the garden so that a very unwell patient, fully ventilated, in the intensive care unit, can go outside. It is accessible to wheelchair users and those with portable equipment. Patients with sensory impairments, including light sensitivities, can enjoy and benefit from the surroundings. It is used by children and adults. In short it is available to everyone, whatever their condition, needs or circumstances.

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and the Foresterhill site, which includes the University of Aberdeen Medical School, deliver state of the art facilities and technological advances in healthcare for the local population and for people from across the mainland and the islands of the north of Scotland.

This unique garden space, at the heart of the largest health campus in Europe, complements these technological advances by ensuring that patients can experience the peace and tranquillity of space and air, with widely evidenced benefits to recovery and rehabilitation, at the same time as the best possible medical and surgical interventions.

The garden is of particular physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefit to critically ill and long term adults and children, in particular for those recovering from trauma and for those facing the future after a life changing or life limiting diagnosis.

The Robertson Family Roof Garden was funded entirely by fundraising. Rev Falconer led the fundraising effort and successfully raised over £667,000 to enable his vision to become a reality. Individuals and communities, churches, Brownies, Guides, WRIs, Rotaries and hundreds more contributed. A range of Trusts, families and grant giving bodies gave a significant amount. Many people reflected on the benefits that the garden could have brought their loved ones. The kindness and generosity of people who wanted to help was overwhelming. Funds are also in place to maintain and develop the garden going forwards and the garden is now maintained by a former National Trust for Scotland Head Gardener

The hope is that this garden will lead to ‘green space’ being part of future new build design on the Foresterhill site and to the re-development of green spaces in other NHS Grampian sites. Planning for a staff garden on the site is already underway, reflecting a desire to value staff as much as patients.

Her Majesty The Queen, Patron, will visit Sue Ryder Dee View Court
Caiesdykes Road, Kincorth, Aberdeen

Her Majesty The Queen, Patron, will visit Sue Ryder Dee View Court where she will meet trustees, staff and residents during a tour of the neurological care centre.  The Centre Director, Ms Valerie Maxwell, will give Her Majesty a short overview of the work of the care centre before the tour begins and during the visit Her Majesty will see residents’ rooms, view some of the activities at the centre and meet staff and residents.  Her Majesty will see images from a photography exhibition before meeting appeal board members and supporters in the gallery room.  The Queen will be invited, by the appeal board chairman, Mr Trevor Garlick OBE, to place a letter inside a time capsule before signing a photograph and the Dee View Court visitors’ book.

Founded in 1953, Sue Ryder is a national health and social care charity providing compassionate hospice and neurological care across the UK. It does this throughout its 7 hospices; 5 neurological care centres; community-based services and in people’s own homes. Sue Ryder offers a range of personalised care, advice, education and support services in local communities to help improve the lives of individuals – including their carers and families – with conditions such as cancer; heart failure; respiratory failure; dementia; acquired brain injury; multiple sclerosis; Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease.  In order to continue to provide and develop its range of invaluable services, Sue Ryder relies predominantly on income from its retail shops, fundraising activities and generous donations from members of the public.

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