Newcastle and Aberdeen Awayday

The Duke of York visited Newcastle and Aberdeen on 16th September, 2015 for an event with one of His Royal Highness’s oldest patronages, and to find out more about new activity in Entrepreneurship.

The Duke, who has been Patron of The Children’s Foundation since its foundation in 1990, attended a Reception to mark the charity’s 25th anniversary. The Children’s Foundation helps disabled, disadvantaged or distressed children and young people throughout the North East and Cumbria, and this year has launched a new campaign on the importance of childhood mental health: ‘Because Minding Matters’. HRH addressed an audience of supporters, team members, local business leaders, civic dignitaries and members of the medical community and thanked them for their ongoing commitment to the Foundation, and wished them every success for the next 25 years.

The Duke then visited Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, to follow up discussions began with the Vice Chancellor earlier this year on Entrepreneurship. HRH and the Vice Chancellor were joined by representatives of the Business School and the new Entrepreneurship Centre which it hosts, to receive a briefing on the unique ecosystem of small businesses and Entrepreneurs that exist in the Aberdeen region, with their particular links to the oil and gas sector. The Duke also visited RGU’s DART (Drilling and Advanced Rig Training) facility where students demonstrated the state-of-the-art drilling simulation suite. The new DART facility is recognised as ‘a Centre of Drilling Excellence’ and is a key part of Robert Gordon University’s close links with the offshore industry.

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