Carers take centre stage in royal visit

The Princess Royal meets carer Alice Boardman
The Princess Royal meets carer Alice Boardman

A new housing development was given the royal seal of approval when it was officially opened by the Princess Royal today.

Princess Anne was invited to visit Redrow’s Lucas Green site, off Dunham Drive, Whittle-le-Woods, to have a look around.

As president of Carers Trust, she also spoke about the charity’s work and met carers from across Chorley, Leyland and Lancashire.

The Princess Royal arrived at 11.10am wearing a white blouse, black trousers, a blue jacket and black gloves.

She met dignitaries, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Chorley, Coun Roy Lees and his wife Margaret, before going on a tour of the Redrow marketing suite and two show homes.

She emerged around 30 minutes later and went into a marquee, where she spent 20 minutes talking to carers, Redrow staff, contractors and suppliers, and other invited guests.

Among those the Princess Royal met was Alice Boardman, 41, of Clayton Villa Fold, Clayton-le-Woods, who cares for her sons Tom, nine, and Alex, eight, who have autism.

She said: “I think it’s refreshing to have someone interested in carers.

“To me, it’s really exciting to meet someone who is looking out for a very hidden and very large community.”

The Princess Royal was presented with a cheque for £10,000 for Carers Trust as part of Redrow’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

As he handed over the cheque, Steven Greenhalgh, managing director of Redrow Homes Lancashire, spoke about the new homes and the features to help people with mobility issues.

Princess Anne spoke about how some people do not think of themselves as carers and the difference that getting help from their employer can make.

She added: “It is a huge encouragement to the Carers Trust to have your support and to know this is very much planning for the long-term in a project such as this.

“I certainly look forward to that success being spread out and hopefully other house builders taking a real interest in what you achieve here.”

She then unveiled a plaque to officially open the show homes and the Lucas Green development.

The Princess Royal was also guest of honour at a 50th birthday celebration for Save The Children’s Preston branch at the Gibbon Bridge Hotel, Chipping.