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Virtual visit to North Yorkshire by HRH The Earl of Wessex

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His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex paid a virtual visit to North Yorkshire to discuss and understand the many challenges faced in our region over the past year or so.

Initially, HRH ‘met’ a number of leaders from the civic, emergency and other services, including the Chief Executive of North Yorkshire County Council, the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, a Team Leader of Cleveland Mountain Rescue, the Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, the Dean of Ripon and two senior doctors from the York NHS Foundation Trust.

Following this, a second meeting was held with leaders from charitable and voluntary organisations across the region who described the enormous challenges they have faced since the Covid pandemic began. There were representatives from the Two Ridings Community Foundation, Home Start Richmondshire, The Island in York, The Genesis Project in Middlesbrough, Scarborough Whitby & Ryedale MIND, I Choose Life Foundation in Harrogate and The Big Communitea from Selby.

It was an enormously valuable virtual visit for all involved and a wonderful opportunity for His Royal Highness to cover many issues in our area from a wide variety of organisations that have been involved in delivering key services during the pandemic.

Mrs Jo Ropner, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, commented: “It was a wonderful opportunity to share many of our region’s concerns and successes through Covid and going forward. For His Royal Highness to engage with organisations across the county really demonstrated a feel of the resilience and determination our communities have shown. I would be delighted to welcome HRH to perhaps visit some of these remarkable organisations in person, when possible.”

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