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The Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, visited West Wight Sports & Community Centre, on Tuesday, 29 September.

During one of his first official visits of the pandemic, the Earl thanked staff and volunteers who had set up the West Wight Help Hub.

A royal helicopter landed on the sports field beside the centre at 11am. The Earl was met by Isle of Wight Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Susie Sheldon.

He was introduced to people who had received support from volunteers, such as help with shopping and prescriptions. Based at the centre, the hub is a collaboration between West Wight community organisations, which helped more than 400 vulnerable people during lockdown.

The Earl popped into the Our Place community café during the visit and surprised those attending by stopping to chat.

He met centre members attending a Mature Movers exercise class and visited the gym.

Centre manager Clare Griffin said: “Tuesday was a fantastic day and such an accolade for Team West Wight.

“It was a credit to the work of our staff and volunteers, during lockdown and since, that we have been acknowledged and singled out by the Lord Lieutenant and Prince Edward.

“What we have achieved as a team is really quite amazing. From setting up the Coronavirus support hub, and the online fitness programme within days of lock down, to the recruitment of hundreds of volunteers and the management of the hub and then to the re-opening of the sports centre and integration of the community work alongside our physical activity programme – everybody has played a part.”

 Photographs/Michael Dunkason