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Prince Charles: ‘Having reached 68, I understand how important care for the elderly is’

Author: Educare Staffing | Posted: 18th November 2016 | Category: General News


Prince Charles, who has recently celebrated his 68th birthday, hosted a reception at St James’s Palace for care home provider, Abbeyfield Society, saying “having reached the age I have, I begin to understand exactly” what caring for the elderly is “all about”.

The guests sang Happy Birthday both to Prince Charles and to Abbeyfield Society which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

At the reception, Prince Charles, who has been patron of the charity for 37 years, spoke with staff, volunteers and residents.

Following this, he made a speech praising care home staff and volunteers for doing such a good job and thanked the charity for putting up with him for “this long”.

He added: “It’s been for me an enormous pleasure to be your patron for 37 years, which I discovered to my horror this morning.”

He called Abbeyfield’s work “one of the great examples of how elderly people can be cared for” and said “thank goodness you’re there to do exactly that. I hope there will be many, many more years of even greater success in looking after elderly people. Having reached the age I have, I begin to understand exactly what it’s all about.”

Abbeyfield Society was founded in 1956 by Richard Carr-Gomm, an army officer who left his career in the army to spend his life helping lonely, older people.

The charity which started with a care home in Bermondsey in London, now has over 60 care homes as well as supported housing and independent living with extra care.

The charity recently launched a new initiative called Golden Moments, to combat the loneliness felt by older people in the community, through events and activities such as trips to National Trust gardens and chats over tea and cake.

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