Princess meets Thornbury volunteer team
THE Princess Royal found out more about the work of Thornbury’s volunteer Citizens Advice workers in helping South Gloucestershire people.
Princess Anne, who is the national patron of the charity, She spoke to bureau advisers and some of their clients to get a sense of the positive difference the service can make to people’s lives.
During her visit the Princess discussed the services used by local people and the challenges faced by the charity with general manager Chantal Watts and development manager Rebecca Brown. She also chatted to staff, volunteers, fundraisers and local supporters, showing an interest in local projects and the outreach service for nearby prisons.
Chantal said: “The visit from the Princess was a fantastic opportunity to showcase the dedication of our team who work so hard making a real difference to the lives of South Gloucestershire residents”.
Last year, Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire helped 4,361 local people with 16,364 individual problems.
The Princess also spoke to Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire chair Alan Hemingway, Thornbury mayor Shirley Holloway and Deputy Lord-Lieutenant for Gloucestershire Robert Bernays.
Picture: The Princess Royal meets CAB volunteer adviser Kate Holland. Also pictured (clockwise from left) are Citizens Advice South Gloucestershire chair Alan Hemingway, supervisor Samantha Edmunds, volunteer advisor Janet McBride and trustee Stephanie Tucker. Photo by Simon Caplan