A trio of Royal ladies have joined the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme and made a series of phone calls to people who are elderly, self-isolating or vulnerable to check in on them as the Coronavirus pandemic continues. Catherine, Camilla and Sophie all took part in the ‘Check in and Chat’ service which is coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service of which The Duchess of Cornwall is President and The Queen is Patron.
The Duchess of Cambridge spoke with Donna Williams, a mother of two who is caring for her daughter, Alessandra, who suffers from a rare form of Type 1 Diabetes. The Duchess of Cornwall spoke to Doris Winfield who at the age of 85 is self-isolating in Hertfordshire. The Countess of Wessex enjoyed a phone call with Harry Deboo. Harry is 89 and lost his wife three years ago and recently underwent triple bypass surgery.
Harry Deboo said of his chat with Sophie, “It was great to chat to The Countess of Wessex and really made my week. I have one son who doesn’t live locally – so I don’t get to see many people – especially now. I also like to keep the memory of my wife alive and it was great to chat about her. She really listened to every word and it was great to share our lockdown experiences together.”
Doris was full of praise for The Duchess of Cornwall after her chat, “Having a chat with The Duchess of Cornwall meant the world to me. I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of months and it was incredible to talk to her. We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies. She was very interested in my family and how I was coping. It really cheered me up.”
The Duchess of Cornwall recently thanked those who had volunteered and given their time during the Coronavirus pandemic adding that “we owe a great debt of thanks to all our wonderful volunteers.”