THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES WILL VISIT SOUTH WALES
Tuesday 28th February 2023
Engagement 1: to be announced.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will visit Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre.
Their Royal Highnesses will visit Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre to meet local communities and hear about how sport and exercise can support mental health and wellbeing. Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre opened in 2016 and offers a range of physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle for local people in Aberavon.
At the centre, Their Royal Highnesses will tour the facilities including a large indoor sports hall where young people and Welsh professional athletes including Harrison Walsh and Hannah Brier will be taking part in an athletics and gymnastics session. Other facilities include a spin studio and an eight lane 25m swimming pool with a moveable floor.
On leaving the centre the Prince and Princess will spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will meet emergency responders at the Wales Air Ambulance charity.
The final engagement of the day will see the Prince and Princess visit the headquarters of Wales Air Ambulance. The charity, which was founded in 2001, has completed over 43,000 missions and is on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
During the visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet emergency workers, volunteers and supporters and will hear about their recent operations across Wales. The Prince and Princess will also have the opportunity during the engagement to speak to emergency workers about the importance of prioritising their own mental health.
Following this, the Prince and Princess will officially open a new family room which has been designed by a bereaved family who lost their father in a tragic road accident. The room has been created as a safe space for families, nurses and volunteers and the Prince and Princess will sit down with the family who designed the room, along with the nurses and volunteers who have helped them since losing their father.
Mental health support for emergency responders has long been a passion for the Prince of Wales, who in 2021 announced the launch of the Blue Light Together package of mental health support at the Royal Foundation Emergency Services Mental Health Symposium.
The Prince of Wales has previously served as both an Air Ambulance and an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.