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Prince Charles in Cumbria

Prince Charles was on a day-long visit to Cumbria today.

The Prince was in Penrith, Caldbeck and Workington.

He celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary in the county when he launched a pilot scheme to encourage tourists to support the work of his Countryside Fund.

Looking fit and relaxed after an overnight trip to Cumbria on the royal train, the Prince of Wales arrived at Penrith’s George Hotel to a crowd of about 200 well wishers.

Dressed in a grey suit and striped shirt, tie and cravat, he mingled with the crowd.

At the entrance to The George Hotel, the Prince met John Thompson, chairman of Eden District Council, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border and hotel owners Charles and Kit Graves and their daughter, Dani.

Inside the hotel, he met 65 invited guests, members of his Countryside Fund and representatives from businesses who have signed up to his latest two-year pilot initiative.

The scheme, launched today, encourages tourists across the country to contribute towards various projects designed to deliver help to hard pressed rural areas in Britain. Forty per cent are in Cumbria and the north west.

Visitors who make a booking, or pay for a meal will be asked if they would like to make a small donation at the point of sale. Small amounts are then added up to create significant sums which are then used to support projects.

The pilot scheme has the backing of major tourism businesses across the UK.

He then went on to Caldbeck. There, the Prince, who launched The Northern Fells Group in 1999, met staff, volunteers and trustees at the Oddfellows Arms in the village as part of the 15th anniversary celebrations.

The Northern Fells Group began as the Northern Fells Rural Project, part of the Prince’s Rural Revival Initiative.

It is a community charity charged with providing some services and making other services accessible to people living in seven sparsely-populated, rural Cumbrian parishes covering 200sq miles with 3,600 residents.

Group chairman Dr Jim Cox said they were delighted the prince was celebrating the charity’s success. "It is also our opportunity to thank him,” he added.

The Prince of Wales officially opened Hospice at Home West Cumbria’s new centre in Workington.

He met staff, volunteers and fund-raisers at the building on Finkle Street.

Prince Charles, the charity's patron, also spent time with people who use the charity’s services, including its bereavement support groups and lymphoedema clinic.

He also unveiled a plaque in the hospice shop, which is attached to the centre and met its volunteer workers.

The £700,000 centre, formerly the Derwent Bookshop, provides the charity for the first time with a dedicated centre offering services that complement its palliative care work, which will continue.

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition where excess fluid is retained in body tissue.

Prior to the centre opening, people getting treatment for lymphoedema had to be seen at temporary venues across the area.

The prince also attended an invitation-only event at the J36 Rural Auction Centre at Crooklands, where he saw a sale of Herdwick lambs, met apprentices and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Have your say

the Royal family typify all that is wrong in this class ridden country, doff Your cap to Your betters ? I don't think so, We will never be a modern country when this institution perpetuates inequality

Posted by ronnie on 10 April 2014 at 17:04

He came overnight on the Royal Train. Am I living in Ruritania or is it really the twenty-first century?

Posted by Confused on 10 April 2014 at 16:47

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