Yesterday in the afternoon, The Countess of Wessex opened the Phase 4 Warehouse at Omega PLC in Thorne, Doncaster, and was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire (Mr Andrew Coombe). The warehouse facility is a result of £20 million investment in this new purpose-built building and factory machinery.
Omega PLC is a brand leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of high quality fitted kitchens and furniture supplied via kitchen specialist outlets across the UK. Operating from a 315,000 sq ft, purpose built complex, Omega PLC has been manufacturing quality kitchens since 1996, with its head office located at Thorne, near Doncaster.
The Countess of Wessex as Patron of Foundation of Light, subsequently opened the Beacon of Light’s Stadium Park in Sunderland, and was received by Her Majesty’s
Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear (Mrs Susan Winfield). The Foundation of Light (Previously called the SAFC Foundation) is the independent charitable foundation of professional football club Sunderland A.F.C.
It is the biggest football charity in the UK. It was founded on 6 September 2001 by Sunderland chairman Bob Murray. The charity’s patron is HRH Sophie, Countess of Wessex and the Chief executive officer is Lesley Spuhler OBE. The Beacon of Light is a sports, community and education facility, located in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear. The £19m facility was commissioned by the Foundation of Light.
It became the headquarters of the charity when it opened in September 2018. The beacon is located in Stadium Park, alongside the Sunderland Aquatic Centre and the North Stand of the Stadium of Light. Articles about the opening of the facility, including photos and videos of Sophie’s speech (that was a lovely moment!!) can be found here and here. Another two videos from the opening can be found here and here.
Lesley Spuhler OBE, who is CEO of Foundation of Light, said:
It’s a real honour to welcome Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex GCVO and our other esteemed guests to our official opening ceremony. The Beacon of Light has been a truly collaborative effort made with the support of so many people and organisations, and it is fantastic to bring them all together to celebrate our achievement.
The Countess of Wessex, Patron, Foundation of Light, later attended an Awards Dinner, followed by a Show, at the Beacon of Light. Faye Tozer (Brit Award winner, singer, actress and television star) co-hosted this special awards evening to celebrate the achievements of local children and families.
Faye joined Sky Sports presenter David Jones at Foundation of Light’s first ever Gala Dinner showcasing the positive impact the charity has made to North East lives through their inspirational and heart-warming stories. Speaking ahead of the event, Faye said:
I am honoured to be co-hosting Foundation of Light’s Gala Dinner and really looking forward to a special evening. Through my support of the Foundation, I have seen first-hand the positive difference the Foundation has made to so many people’s lives and I’m excited be a part of an event that celebrates this. Also being a huge fan of musical theatre I am thrilled to be part of this celebration with entertainment from the legendary Tim Rice and friends.
The Gala Dinner, sponsored by the Harrison Centre for Social Mobility, was followed by ‘An Evening with Sir Tim Rice and Friends’ where the renowned songs of Foundation Trustee Sir Tim Rice were performed live by West End artists, alongside behind the scenes stories from the Academy Award-winner himself. To learn more about the event, click here.
Outfit & jewellery:
Bespoke blue cashmere coat by Suzannah.
New to me blouse, no ID.
New Vesper floral-print crepe midi skirt by Erdem.
Earrings worn before, no ID.
Croi Sliogan Designer Silver Shell Pendant on snake chain by Martina Hamilton.
Clutch bag by Sophie Habsburg.
Suede pumps most likely by Prada.
New to me dress, no ID.