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HRH The Princess Royal visited one of the region’s leading domestic abuse agencies today, Wednesday 15 January.

Princess Anne was a special guest at the headquarters of West Mercia Women’s Aid.

The visit involved Jan Frances, Chief Executive of the organisation, welcoming the Princess, briefing her about the origins, work, growth and vision of West Mercia Women’s Aid as well as a tour of the offices and the chance for trustees, staff, volunteers, service users and invited guests to meet the Royal visitor.

RV1The Princess also met Jocelyn Anderson, Chief Officer of West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, and was presented to its staff and trustees.

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“We were delighted to welcome HRH The Princess Royal.  Her visit offered us an excellent platform to showcase our valuable work with survivors of domestic violence and abuse to an individual who so tirelessly supports charitable ventures.

We were also pleased that she met some of our service users, who continue to inspire us with their courage and determination every day. We’d like to thank her very much for visiting us and supporting our work.”

Jocelyn Anderson, Chief Officer of West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, said: “We were very pleased to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to meet the staff and volunteers of Herefordshire Rape and Sexual Support Centre, in recognition of their exceptional work in supporting survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence. 

It takes tremendous courage for survivors to come forward and talk about their experiences and our dedicated team are able to offer support towards healing and recovery.”

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