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Reflect on Charity

16th April 2021

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral will take place on Saturday 17th April at St Georges’s Chapel, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. At 3pm BST, a nationwide minute’s silence will be held. A moment to pause out of respect to The Duke and to send silent condolences to his family.

This link will provide some details of the many charities The Duke was involved with throughout his 99 years.

Many people maybe aware of ‘The Duke of Edinburgh awards’, a pilot for the same was launched in February 1956. The Award involves a programme of activities available to all young people between the ages of 14-24. The programme has been known to build confidence, resilience, skills for work and friendship groups and teamwork.

 In the UK in 2019/20, 295,490 young people started a DofE programme and a record 159,051 Awards were achieved through schools, colleges, universities, youth clubs, businesses, housing associations, young offender institutions, voluntary organisations and more.

To live a long life and be in a position to provide opportunities and do charitable works, in my book, definitely deserves a moment of everyones times to stop and reflect on Saturday.

Another person I would like to mention today who also lived a long life and dedicated her time to charity work is Helen Arkell.

Helen Arkell was a dyslexic, she was born in Amsterdam in 1920 and passed away in 2019 in England aged 99 years old.

A person who could speak four languages but found reading and writing difficult.

“Since I’ve come to understand dyslexia I’ve felt much the most important thing is not the reading or spelling, but the knock to the confidence.” Helen Arkell

My years of experience of working with dyslexic children has taught me that confidence, or the lack of, is a major stumbling block in learning. Self esteem is the foundation.

Helen Arkell founded a dyslexia Centre in London in 1971, moving to Surrey (where it still is) in 1987.

A little insight into a charitable and inspiring woman.

Another connection between the Royals and Helen Arkell is Princess Beatrice, who is a dyslexic herself and a patron of the Helen Arkell Charity.

“We inspire people to believe in themselves, achieve their goals and succeed on their own terms.”

That is a mission statement I can support and fully stand behind.

Princess Beatrice is also an Ambassador for ‘Made by Dyslexia‘ and has recently narrated a children’s book which has been written to ‘help every dyslexic child discover their dyslexic superpowers.’

Xtraordinary People………………………. have a look …….

On Saturday I will pause for a moment in respect of The Duke and all his good work as well as all the other extraordinary people who give up their time for charity and to help others. I Thank you..


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