17 February 2012
There was great excitement at the Bromley by Bow Centre this week as we welcomed back HRH The Prince of Wales.
Hundreds of local residents and invited guests gathered to welcome the Prince on his third visit to the Centre; the last time being almost exactly ten years ago to the day. This was the first major Royal visit to a project in an Olympic borough in 2012 and he was greeted by flag-waving children and cheers from the crowd.
The Prince of Wales returned to find out more about the projects that we have been developing here at the Centre which are helping to transform the lives of people living in East London. The visit focused on the integrated health model that the Centre has pioneered and he met numerous local residents who access our health programmes, adult education classes, arts-based projects for people with disabilities and numerous other projects.
He took a particular interest in the work of Pollen which provides invaluable support to people with a range of mental health conditions. As a keen gardener himself he was fascinated by the work of the project and hoped that it would flourish. The visit culminated with the planting of a beautiful cornus tree in memory of Vanessa Barker, the founder of Pollen, who sadly died just before Christmas.
Rob Trimble, the Chief Executive of the Bromley by Bow Centre summed up everyone's feelings: "This is a day that will go down in the annals of Bromley by Bow. The whole community has come together in celebration and Prince Charles took time to chat to so many people. Today marks a high point in our journey and a time when everyone's hard work has been honoured."