Prince Charles and Camilla back the Daily Mail’s volunteering campaign -Royal News


The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall today give their enthusiastic backing to the Daily Mail’s hospital volunteering campaign. In a rare joint statement, Charles and Camilla hail the initiative as an outstanding example of the British ‘spirit’ that will make a ‘real difference’ to people’s lives. The royal endorsement came as the number of readers who have signed up to the volunteer drive last night passed the 25,000 mark. This means that the time pledged so far will give the health service more than 1.4million hours of additional, voluntary support from ordinary people next year. Paying tribute to the UK’s ‘long and proud history of volunteering’, Charles and Camilla praise the ‘many wonderful, selfless people’ willing to give their time to help others. And they say volunteers have an ‘incredible impact’ on the NHS, providing vital support to ‘one of our most cherished institutions’. The Mail’s campaign, in conjunction with the charity Helpforce, has generated an extraordinary public response since its launch earlier this month. Readers have been asked to volunteer to help at a hospital for either three hours a week, or one eight-hour day a month, for a minimum of six months. Those who pledge their time are being matched with a local NHS trust to fulfil one of hundreds of possible volunteer roles, from patient befrienders to hospital guides. The placements are due to start in the spring.In their statement, Charles and Camilla predict the Mail’s campaign will make a difference for ‘years to come’. Charles has long supported volunteering, even personally helping with Her Majesty’s coastguard while at school in Scotland. As well as his work with the Prince’s Trust, Charles is also patron of the youth charities Step Up To Serve and Youth United. Charles and Camilla say today: ‘The National Health Service is one of our most cherished institutions, providing care and support for those who need it whatever their circumstances and wherever they may be. ‘As my wife and I travel around the country, we often have the opportunity to visit hospitals and to meet the dedicated staff who make this great institution what it is. ‘We also hear, at first hand, of the incredible impact that volunteers have on the organisation through the support that they give to front line staff. Indeed my own organisations, Step Up To Serve and Youth United, are both already involved in NHS volunteering programmes so I am well aware of the difference such work can make. ’.The statement continues: ‘We are a nation that has a long and proud history of volunteering, and my wife and I are constantly struck by the dedication of so many wonderful, selfless people who are giving such service in this country. This newspaper’s Helpforce campaign is another example of that spirit and that service to the people of the United Kingdom. ‘Its success will make a real difference to so many people’s lives in the months and years to come. ’.Experts have warned that Britain’s ageing pop


Date: October 14, 2021

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