HRH The Princess Royal visits Crossroads Care Gloucestershire Azalea Day Club

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal recently visited Crossroads Care Gloucestershire to meet staff alongside Carers and their families.

The Princess Royal attended the Azalea Day Club at Daglingworth Village Hall, near Cirencester on 4th April where The Princess Royal was greeted by CEO of Crossroads Care Gloucestershire Helen Baker, Chair of the board of trustees Sheila Reynolds and Service Development Lead Claire Smeeth. John McLean, Chair of Carers Trust, the charity of which The Princess Royal is President, also attended.

At the club, The Princess Royal met cared for people who were taking part in a range of activities including spring planting, crafts and using a motion activated projector with over 100 apps including interactive quizzes and music. The Princess Royal heard about how Carers and their loved ones see the day club as a much-needed break from their caring role and a fun day out for their loved ones whilst entrusting Crossroads Care to ensure their safety.

The Corn Hall Deli in Cirencester provided a buffet lunch and also presented The Princess Royal with a hamper filled with local delicacies to take away.

Crossroads Care Gloucestershire CEO Helen Baker said: “One of our clients is wheelchair bound but was determined that he would stand to present a posy of spring flowers to The Princess Royal. This brought a tear to many, and Charles said it was a day he will never forget. His wife and carer, Jenny, watched him do this and said it was the highlight of 2023.

One of the unpaid Carers who attended saw their loved one in a completely different light. They’re someone who doesn’t get out of bed some days until lunchtime and has very little conversation. On meeting The Princess Royal, she knew exactly who she was and spoke to her at length. Her family were very tearful to see her acting so differently whilst at the day club. The club to them is a lifeline, it gives them peace of mind. The days she attends Azalea Day Clubs are when they know she is being well cared for and eating a good meal surrounded by friends.”

The Azalea Day Club at Daglingworth runs every Tuesday and Thursday for people who have health conditions or a physical disability or who are lonely and isolated. Crossroads Care Gloucestershire also has day clubs in Gloucester and the Forest of Dean with other clubs planned to open this year.

Crossroads Care Gloucestershire is part of Carers Trust’s network of local care organisations. It is a registered charity that has been providing vital respite breaks to unpaid Carers and individuals with care needs in Gloucestershire for over 40 years and is rated as OUTSTANDING by the Care Quality Commission. Its core purpose is to improve the quality of life of unpaid Carers and the people they care for across the whole county by providing high quality care services that meet individual’s needs and support their health and wellbeing.

Carers Trust was formed in 2012 when Crossroads Care merged with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Carers Trust now works with a network of over 120 local carer organisations across the UK, supporting close to one million people.

For more information on how Crossroads Care Gloucestershire can support you or your family members please contact our office on 01452 302542.

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