The Duke of Sussex will visit Oxford
Tuesday, 14th May 2019
The Duke of Sussex will undertake engagements across Oxford on Tuesday 14th May 2019, visiting Oxford Children’s Hospital, OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre, and Barton Neighbourhood Centre. These engagements will highlight the positive work underway in the area to support the needs of children, young people and adults.
Oxford Children’s Hospital is a purpose-built centre for the treatment of children and young adults, based at the John Radcliffe hospital site. During the visit, The Duke will meet children and young people receiving treatment and the staff who care for them, as well as supporters of Oxford Hospitals Charity. He will visit teenagers on a ward specifically tailored to the needs of young adults and meet 13-year-old Mikayla, a WellChild award winner, who previously met The Duke at the WellChild Awards in 2016. Before departing, The Duke will visit the hospital’s school to meet students continuing their studies whilst in hospital, as well as the teachers who support them.
The Duke will then visit OXSRAD Disability Sports and Leisure Centre where he will meet people benefitting from the facilities offered by the centre, including those participating in Rebound Therapy and physiotherapy programmes, before unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit. The inclusive centre has been supporting people with disabilities through sport and physical exercise for 30 years, offering rehabilitation sessions as well as fitness classes and gym facilities. The centre was opened in 1989 by Diana, Princess of Wales.
Finally, The Duke will visit Barton Neighbourhood Centre, a hub for local residents which houses a doctor’s surgery, food bank, café and youth club. Upon arrival, The Duke will have the opportunity to meet members of the public gathered outside. His Royal Highness will then learn more about work of Thrive Teams, a charity working in Barton, which aims to develop young leaders living in disadvantaged areas to effect lasting positive change within their communities. The Duke will meet young leaders from Thrive Teams, many of whom have successfully gone on to employment and further education. His Royal Highness will also visit the community food bank and café to learn more about what the service provides for local residents before officially re-opening the newly renovated Neighbourhood Centre.