Princess Royal Visits Crossroads Care
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal paid a visit to staff and carers at Crossroads Care Central and East Gloucestershire during a visit to the area recently.
The Princess Royal was on an official visit to the Cirencester area and combined her trip with a visit to our service to greet staff and discuss their work. Her Royal Highness is the president of Carers Trust, the UK’s largest charity for carers, of which we are a member.
Helen Baker, chief executive of Crossroads Care Central and East Gloucestershire, said: “We were so pleased when we found that Her Royal Highness wanted to pay us a visit. It was a real honour for us to meet her and to say thank you in person for the support that she gives to the 63,000 carers in Gloucestershire.”
During her visit, The Princess Royal met Dennis and Claire Halliday. Claire has lived with multiple sclerosis for the past 30 years and her husband Dennis has been her main carer for 25 years. A carer support worker from Crossroads visits the couple twice a week to support Claire by attending to her care and social needs. The support they receive also allows Dennis an opportunity to have a short break from his caring role.
The couple recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
Dennis said: “It was a really proud moment for us to meet the Princess and to be able to thank her for the support that she gives to carers like myself. Without services such as this, my life would be very different. We really appreciate the help and support we receive.”
Crossroads Care Central and East Gloucestershire has been providing vital respite breaks to unpaid carers in the county for over 30 years.