The Berkshire Community Foundation

Princess Beatrice, Patron of The Berkshire Community Foundation, visited the charity’s offices in Reading on 12th October, 2015.

The Berkshire Community Foundation works to support voluntary groups, charities and community projects across Berkshire. The Foundation tackles pressing issues across the community including poverty, isolation, homelessness, and unemployment. This year the organisation has granted over £900,000 to local projects.

This was Her Royal Highnesses first visit to the Charity since becoming Patron, and during the visit Princess Beatrice met with the Foundation’s staff and volunteers, finding out what they do, before sitting down with the Executive Team for a briefing on their agenda and priorities for the coming years.

Afterwards, Her Royal Highness visited The Dingley Family Centre, a charitable organisation supported by The Berkshire Community Foundation. The Dingley Family Centre supports pre-school children with additional needs and their families. Princess Beatrice met with the children, and the staff that look after them, and saw projects that The Berkshire Community Foundation has supported, including a sensory room and improved outdoor play space.

Following the visit, Gerry Lejeune, CEO of The Berkshire Community Foundation, said “We were honored to welcome our Patron on her first visit to the Foundation this morning and delighted in the interest and knowledge that HRH Princess Beatrice has shown in our work.”

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