On Friday 11th May 2018, HRH The Earl of Wessex was welcomed by the Suffolk Community Foundation, who help to organise charity fundraising across Suffolk, as he officially opened the new Headquarters of Birkett’s Solicitors in Ipswich.

The royal visit was organised to shine a light and support the work of our local voluntary sector and was attended by representatives of six local charities who support young people from Suffolk; including Ipswich Community Media, the Porch Project, the Bangladeshi Support Centre, Inspire Suffolk, 4YP and Access Community Trust. All were invited to meet The Earl of Wessex, as were representatives from the public sector (including Ipswich Mayor Sarah Barber and Ipswich MP Sandy Martin), business people, private philanthropists and many experts who are passionate about supporting young people and helping them to solve the challenges they face in our local area.

As Chairman of the Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, plus Founder of the Wessex Youth Trust, the Earl of Wessex does a lot of work with young people. So this event provided the perfect opportunity for the Earl to meet with individuals and businesses who support these local charities and speak to them about their work, as well as meeting with youngsters who had been helped by the projects.

During the event, he was introduced to Colin Low from Kingsfleet Wealth, whose Community Fund works hard to support local educational causes and, who regularly gets heavily involved with local events to support our region’s education.