HRH the Countess of Wessex to visit PACT at Dorchester Abbey

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A ROYAL visitor is to help children’s charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) commemorate more than 100 years of building and strengthening families.

HRH The Countess of Wessex will attend a ceremony at Dorchester Abbey, Oxfordshire, on Thursday February 13 to find out about PACT’s work, unveil a plaque and bury a time capsule in the grounds. The time capsule will contain items collected from a number of PACT projects and service users to demonstrate the charity’s work in adoption, fostering and community projects.

The ceremony will also be attended by local dignitaries, trustees of PACT and children from Englefield School in Berkshire and Dorchester School in Oxfordshire. PACT chief executive Jan Fishwick said: “We are thrilled and honoured that HRH The Countess of Wessex will be visiting us at Dorchester Abbey for this exciting occasion. PACT began in 1911 when the then Bishop of Oxford wanted to help unmarried mothers make a better life for their children. Today PACT looks very different but our core aim to build and strengthen families still remains. The time capsule will serve as a record of our work so far and a celebration of all we have achieved.”

PACT finds forever families for children in care through adoption and fostering services in London and the south east. PACT provides award-winning therapeutic services to help make adoptions succeed. It also runs inspirational community projects including Alana House – a women’s community project in Reading – and Bounce Back 4 Kids, a programme for children who have witnessed domestic abuse.


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