Royal Visit For Dorset Safety Charity

2 May 2014, 06:20

Staff and children at a Dorset charity are getting a royal visit later.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, are visiting Weymouth Community Safety Centre to see the work of the SafeWise charity in educating Dorset's young people.

Their Royal Highnesses will spend the afternoon meeting the charity's trustees, find out about the work of SafeWise and meet some pupils from Conifers Primary School who will be undertaking a visit to the centre.

Towards the end of the afternoon there The Earl and Countess will be given a demonstration by Dorset Fire and Rescue Service Fire Cadets as well as a show and tell session with technical rescue crews from Weymouth.

Chief Fire Officer, Darran Gunter said:

"We are delighted to be welcoming Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex to Weymouth Community Safety Centre and Fire Station.

"This visit gives recognition for the great work being undertaken at the centre to educate and inform children, young people and those most at risk in Dorset's communities. We are looking forward to discussing this with The Earl and Countess and how we plan to develop SafeWise and Weymouth Community Safety Centre in the future."

SafeWise Chief Executive, Alison Shelton said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the visionary work of the fire service and to explain to Their Royal Highnesses how the new SafeWise charity will build on the partnerships which its sister safety centre in Bournemouth, LV=Streetwise, has developed over the years.

"In SafeWise the emergency services, local authorities, business community and voluntary sectors in Dorset have all come proudly together to develop a premier regional safety charity for people of all ages with enhanced reach, influence and opportunities to save lives throughout the county."