Royal Hat-trick for OpeMed with 3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places

This past weekend, April 22nd, marked the exciting milestone of a 3rd royal visit to an OpeMed installation.

In the last year, Her Majesty the Queen has opened the OpeMed Changing Places at the National Army Museum and HRH Princess Alexandra was showcased the OT200 Ceiling Hoist at the unique Flat Spaces Accessible Holiday Home. HRH The Countess of Wessex GCVO had the pleasure of being the first official guest to the new Nower Wood Education Centre, and the newly installed Changing Places toilet.

3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places

3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places

This new facility will enable disabled children, and adults, the same opportunity to discover the 81 acres of ancient woodland and to take part in pond-dipping, bug hunts, wild play, mammal studies and environmental surveys along with their peers. The new education centre creates an inclusive learning environment for all, and children with additional needs can now access the centre and everything that it has to teach them.

The Countess of Wessex has a strong interest in provisions for people with disabilities and embracing opportunities for young people. The design of the centre and its surroundings opens up Nower Wood to new audiences, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places
3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places

Speaking at the event Her Royal Highness said: “Some of us had the opportunity growing up to access woodland and wild areas in our childhoods – for that opportunity to be given to children is so important, both for education but also as part of growing up and allowing children to be children – that is something of true value.

The new £1.1m Nower Wood Education Centre houses three spacious heated classrooms, allowing the Trust to expand its programme of educational activities – up to 90 students can now be accommodated at any time of the year.

If you would like to find out how you can install your own Changing Places or would like advice on equipment please send an email to info@opemed.net or call +44 (0)1252 758 858.

3rd Visit from Royal Family at Surrey Wildlife Trust Changing Places
Images courtesy of Surrey Wildlife Trust.