Duchess of Sussex to Visit Nursing and Care Home

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The Duchess of Sussex attending at a reception given by the Governor of Victoria, at Government House during their visit to Melbourne


Brinsworth House, Twickenham

Tuesday 18th December, 2018

The Duchess of Sussex will visit the Royal Variety Charity’s residential nursing and care home Brinsworth House on Tuesday 18th December.

The Royal Variety Charity, of which The Queen is Patron, assists those who have worked professionally in the entertainment industry and are in need of help and assistance as a result of old age, ill-health, or hard times. Many of those who work in the entertainment industry can often work season to season, spending long periods with no work at all, and with little ability to make any plans for their futures, or to provide themselves with security should they have an accident or fall ill. Money raised by the Royal Variety Charity, and through the annual Royal Variety Performance, helps and supports hundreds of retired entertainers throughout the UK.

Brinsworth House, which is owned and managed by the charity, accommodates up to 36 residents who are cared for by a dedicated team of nurses and care assistants. Built in 1850, the care home has a number of lounges, a bar area, library, restaurant, television rooms and a hair salon. The house is decorated throughout to emphasise its theatrical lineage, representing the many retired artists and entertainers who have been supported by the Royal Variety Charity. Previous royal visits to Brinsworth House include Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1990 and The Prince of Wales in 2002.

The visit follows The Duchess’s attendance at the Royal Variety Performance in November, and will allow Her Royal Highness to see first-hand how the charity cares for those who have spent their lives working in the entertainment industry.

On arrival, The Duchess will hear more from staff members about the history of Brinsworth House, before visiting some of the residential home’s facilities. Her Royal Highness will then join residents as they take part in Christmas-themed activities, including arts and crafts and carols around the Christmas tree.

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