It was a privilege to be one of six charitable organisations invited to meet the King during his surprised visit to Malton on Wednesday April 5.
Camphill Village Trust CEO, Sara Thakkar, was joined by Carolyn and Virginia, two people who live at Croft community in the heart of Malton. Carolyn’s father, Henry Moresby Chinnery, was equerry to Prince Philip. Carolyn and the King remembered meeting as children over 50 years ago making the event particularly memorable for both.
Despite the rain and the wait, both Carolyn and Virginia were delighted to have the opportunity to speak with the King. Carolyn said: “It was very good. The King looked nice and I told him about my life.” Virginia thought “it was lovely to shake his hand.”
The invitation to meet the King is a testament to the valuable work Camphill Village Trust does in supporting Adults with Learning Disability to have choice and to be able to live their best lives in safe communities and in wider society.
Sara Thakkar said ‘the King is a strong advocate for social farming; an innovative use of agriculture and nature in therapeutic care. He recognised the role that the Trust plays in promoting educational and social care and our focus on the environment. It was a privilege to share our Charity story and to explain the role we play in supporting our beneficiaries to lead healthy, active, and independent lives.”