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Royal Surrey Staff’s Meals Served Up With a Truly Royal Touch

Published on: 11 May, 2020
Updated on: 11 May, 2020

Hands on help. The Countess of Wessex shows her ability to cater for hungry NHS worker needs.

Staff at Guildford’s Royal Surrey County Hospital had a different taste of royalty last week when the Countess of Wessex, helped prepare and deliver their meals.

Surrey Drive, a Surrey Events Professionals initiative, had welcomed the countess to its operation on Wednesday, May 6, to join in with their support of the local efforts in the Coronavirus response.

At the start of the day, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex’s wife, Sophie, met Melanie Williams of Lavender Catering, among the many catering businesses supporting the project, and pitched in with the preparation.

Meeting the frontline staff with a royal smile.

Then the countess travelled to the Royal Surrey County Hospital to make the delivery and join the volunteers handing them out to the frontline NHS staff. A Surrey Drive spokesperson said: “The support from the countess was a great boost to the NHS workers and the volunteers of the project.

“The Surrey Drive initiative has the support of more than 25 local event businesses and friends to deliver 4,416 meals every week to the Trust, including its community hospitals.”

To find out more about the project and how to support visit:

There are two ways to donate to Surrey Drive:

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RSCH Charity –

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