Countess of Wessex attends reception for Children with Special Needs Foundation

Today Countess of Wessex attended a Reception to mark the Twentieth Anniversary of the Children with Special Needs Foundation at the Wentworth Club in Surrey.

Children with Special Needs Foundation was founded by Gordon and Ann Parris who were Mayor and Mayoress of the Borough of Surrey Heath from May 1995 to May 1996. They founded the charity with the help from their friends, many of whom went on to become committee members. The inspiration for forming of the charity was Nick Ivil, who has Downs Syndrome and is the son of Chris and Shirley Ivil. Chris Ivil is the Chairman of the charity and Shirley Ivil is the Administrator for mobile homes.

The focal aim of the charity is to provide help to local children with special needs, and to support their families, schools and clubs. They aim to avoid the cumbersome red tape and administration of other charities and organisations by identifying a need and where possible offering a quick and positive response. Their aim has always been to ‘put a smile on tomorrow, today and 20 years later they remain true to that ethos.

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According to Eagle Radio News, TV Personality and patron of the charity – Russ Abbot – said that Sophie put everyone at ease: “There’s no airs and graces, the protocol has gone out the window really. She’s just going round each table and chatting to everyone, and look at the pleasure on her face and the pleasure of the people on the table. It’s wonderful. I can’t believe it’s our 20th Anniversary, I’m shocked. It’s is quite remarkable what we’ve achieved and the amount of money we’ve raised.

After Get Surrey article: Children and their families who are supported by the charity, were also invited to the special party, as well as pupils from The Abbey School, Farnham; The Park School, Woking; and members of the charity LinkAble. Guests tucked into sandwiches, scones and cupcakes while a magician and caricaturist entertained the children throughout the afternoon.

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After the reception, HRH Countess handed out the keys to the new mini bus donated by Ian Wooldridge Foundation in association with Children with Special Needs Foundation. Mini bus was donated to the LinkAble, a Woking-based charity providing sports, social and recreational activities for children and adults with a broad range of learning disabilities which range from mild developmental delay to profound or more complex needs such as cerebral palsy and severe autism.

Ian Wooldridge of Wooldridge Group was a Patron and supporter of CWSNF since its inception. Sadly, he was killed in a helicopter crash in 2010. His wife, Thandi is CWSNF Patron and supporter till today.

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Mr Parris said: “The Countess of Wessex presented a minibus to LinkAble, donated by the Ian Wooldridge Foundation in association with the Children with Special Needs Foundation. She had previously met members of the group and presented them with a minibus, which was donated by the charity 12 years ago”. Read more and view pictures from the reception here.

Outfit & jewellery:
Blouse by OSMAN YOUSEFZADA Waffle pattern top.
Black skirt.
Jimmy Choo Agnes pumps.
UFO gold earrings ( they are from around 2005 & have a matching necklace), they are also becoming new favourites of HRH.

Clutch by Sophie Habsburg Design in black.
ToyWatch TB04.

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