Princess Royal opens Royal Navy family hub

The Princess Royal has opened a community center which offers support to families who have a parent in the armed forces.

Anne met the users and staff of the new Gosport Community Hub which will serve 435 children from service families in the Gosport and Fareham area of ​​Portsmouth.

The center was built and staffed with a £400,000 grant from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) of which Anne has been patron since 2007.

The Princess Royal meets members of the Sea Cadets as she opens the Gosport Community Hub at Brune Park Community School, in Gosport, Hampshire, which will support the welfare of over 400 service children (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Mandy Lindley, Director of Relations and Fundraising at RNRMC, said: ‘As a Royal Navy veteran and resident of Gosport for over 40 years, I am part of a proud and important Royal Navy community in this domain.

“My husband and I have both served and my family has experienced some of the unique challenges and hardships that come with a life of service, experiences shared by many families here at Gosport.

“Therefore, the creation of the Gosport Community Hub to support local Royal Navy families and the wider school community has personal meaning to me, and I am proud that the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity have been there. vanguard of the realization of this historic installation. ”

The center is in partnership with the Gosport and Fareham Multi Academy Trust (GFMAT) with the aim of providing families with a dedicated space to “meet, socialize and find valuable support from those who share the unique challenges of having a relative in the Armed Forces”.

Chris Willis, Executive Director of GFMAT, was named Revenue Innovator of the Year at the 2021 National School Awards for his involvement in the project.

He said: “The hub is part of our broader Gosport community strategy, which is focused on increasing the aspiration and engagement of our families and community partners across the city.”

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