The Duke of Gloucester has spent the day in Bristol visiting organisations that play an important role in supporting the local community.
His Royal Highness is Grand Prior of The Order of St John, which while being a working ‘Order of Chivalry’, it is also a modern organisation that delivers first aid, healthcare and support services right across the world.
At the St John Ambulance Harry Crook Centre in Bristol, The Duke met a number of ambulance cadets who are currently learning life-saving skills, alongside many of the adult volunteers who have provided significant support throughout the pandemic.
His Royal Highness next visited another vital local organisation, Mothers for Mothers, who provide support and advice for those suffering from postnatal depression or distress. The charity provides support from mothers who have previously experienced similar issues and are able to offer personal advice and information.
The charity, and volunteers who run it, have been recognised for the important work they do by receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which The Duke was able to present during his visit. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK, recognising the dedication, commitment and passion of volunteers.
His Royal Highness was able to meet mothers who have previously used the charity’s service, and now have returned to the organisation to share their knowledge and experience to support others.
The Duke finished day in Bristol by planting a tree as part of The Queen’s Green Canopy project. The tree forms part of Bristol Water’s contribution to the Project as they aim to plant 1,200 trees to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.