WATCH: Prince Edward visits Rugby charity New Directions

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Learning disabilities charity New Directions welcomed Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex to visit its latest development of supported living homes at Gateway Court in Rugby last week.

He met people who use the service and heard how their lives have been helped by having their own home with suitable support. Some 21 people with learning and physical disabilities live at the site.

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The Earl watched a lively dance performance with a poppy theme by residents and was presented with a framed embroidery picture of a field of poppies made by for him by a resident.

His Royal Highness also unveiled a commemorative plaque for the charity as a permanent reminder of his visit.

New Directions chief executive Doreen Woodward said: “We were honoured to welcome The Earl of Wessex and tell him more about the valuable work of our local charity. We are committed to providing and developing the best opportunities, support and accommodation for the people we support so they can have healthy, happy and fulfilled lives and are part of their local community. I am sure that our service users, staff and guests will cherish the memories of this visit for years to come.”

Wendy Fabbro, the strategic director of Warwickshire County Council’s people group, said: “Our partnership with New Directions is built on a common vision that every single individual should be able to attempt to realise their aims and ambitions.

“With suitable support focused on the individual, we can assist those with needs, to help them to live a life that has independence, choice and personal control.”

The prince is the youngest of the Queen’s four children.

To find out more about New Directions, call (01788) 573318, email or visit