Our new Patron, the Duchess, arrives to see FYT at Manor school

15 May 2015

The Duchess arrives

The Foundation Years Trust is proud to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to become its national Patron. 

The Duchess of Cornwall has a longstanding commitment to working with organisations that help support young people, and give children the help they need at an early stage in their life.  Her Royal Highness said: "Every child deserves a good start in life, and we know that the early years of childhood are crucial in so many ways.  We must do all we can to ensure that those early years provide a firm foundation for each child to flourish and fulfill their true potential."



The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with local families who are supported by The Foundation Years Trust Birkenhead project at the Manor School.  She met with families and their volunteers from ‘Bump-Start’, a project that supports expectant mums from the 20th week of pregnancy until their baby is six months old.  Volunteers offer practical and emotional support to mums in their own homes who are struggling to cope.



As an avid reader, Her Royal Highness has a particular interest in promoting the benefits of reading to both adults and children. During her visit The Duchess also joined a group reading activity for families where parents and grandparents can enjoy lively songs, rhymes and stories with their pre-school children.  Everyone joins together in 'Going on a bear hunt' or getting 'Lost and Found' with a penguin, as well as reading with their own child.    




The adults get time later in the session when they read poems or short stories in a relaxed environment, whilst the children have fun with play workers in another room.  The Trust wants to encourage families where everyone enjoys reading.



Frank Field MP, Chairman of The Foundation Years Trust said: “We are absolutely delighted to have HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as our new patron. She believes passionately in securing better futures for disadvantaged children, which resonates completely with what we are achieving here in Birkenhead, and hopefully one day at a national level.”



For the full story and image gallery of the Royal Visit to Merseyside, click here