HRH The Earl of Wessex recently visited All Saints Church in Leatherhead to learn more about the work of two local charities, Leatherhead Youth Project (LYP) and Community Foundation for Surrey (CFS).
The visit gave the Earl the opportunity to meet the staff, trustees, donors and groups supported by the CFS. The CFS awards grants to disadvantaged individuals and voluntary groups that provide vital services for people in need. In 2015/16 CFS gave out grants of over £1 million to local charitable causes.
The Earl also met with a number of young people and staff associated with LYP projects such as the ‘BFree’ drop-in project, one-to-one counselling and the AllSaints Coffee Shop. The Earl got stuck into life at AllSaints, stepping behind the counter and making coffee under supervision from manager Matt Fleming. Before departing the Earl unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the visit.
Leatherhead Youth Project and Community Foundation for Surrey have partnered together for over ten years and key projects of LYP, such as the coffee shop, have been made possible through grants from CFS.
Joe Crome, General Manager of Leatherhead Youth Project commented: “We were delighted to host The Earl of Wessex and to share this special event for both organisations. This visit was very special for our young people, and something they will always remember. It has been a chance for them to share what they have gained from their involvement with our youth work programmes and celebrate the personal progress they have made with LYP. It was also a fantastic occasion for our staff and volunteers who very much deserve the recognition they receive for the work they do to help local young people."
The Revd Graham Osborne, vicar of Leatherhead, said: “To have the outstanding work that the Leatherhead Youth Project do affirmed by the visit of the Earl is wonderful. They do such a great job in supporting local young people and are a real blessing to the church and the community.”