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Royal launch for charity

THE PRINCESS Royal has launched the charity arm of a Beoley company aimed at reducing child poverty in Redditch and Bromsgrove.

Princess Anne visited Oakland International last Friday (June 28) where she unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official launch of the Oakland Foundation.

The foundation aims to support underprivileged children in Redditch and Bromsgrove by supporting projects around health, nutrition, education and sport. One of those projects includes the food distribution specialist providing support to Redditch’s first official food bank.

Princess Anne was welcomed to the Seafield Lane based business in Beoley by crowds including local school children, dignitaries, civic guests and staff.

Her Royal Highness was given a tour of the company and spoke to people from many of the local charities, schools and organisations supported by Oakland International over the years as well as those involved in the foundation.

One of them was Lian Higgitt, head of Oakland International’s customer services and Young Enterprise volunteer mentor, who said: “I was very nervous about meeting The Princess Royal I was immediately put at ease when I started talking to her. She was very friendly and actively asked questions about the work that we had been doing with Young Enterprise. She even suggested an idea we could work on next year – a phone that sounds when you whistle so you don’t lose it! It was a great privilege to have been involved.”

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