Guide Dogs for the Blind
Princess Alexandra visited the county in May and focussed her visit on the work surrounding issues of impaired sight. HRH opened the new facilities for the Guide Dogs for the Blind in Atherton. This is a purpose built unit where HRH was able to meet with Trustees, staff and a great number of individuals who give voluntary service in the care and preparation of dogs during their 'Puppy Walking' stage right through the skilled training needed before a dog can be introduced to its new owner.
Princess Alexandra toured the facility before unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit.
Bolton Royal Hospital
Later on in the day the Princess visited Bolton Royal Hospital and especifically to visit H2, the Eye Unit. As can be seen in the photograph on the right the Lord-Lieutenant introduced HRH to the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, the Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Cliff Morris who is also the Chairman of the hospital and to Sean Harriss the Council's CEO.
The Princess visited the Eye Unit where she saw at first hand the ground-breaking work in AMD (age-related Macular Eye Degeneration). HRH met with patients and staff before she presented some certificates to a number of Matrons in recognition of the Exemplar Ward Programme.
Princess Alexandra unveiled a plaque to commemorate her visit and signed the Visitors Book before leaving the county.
The photograph to the left shows a young patient, Elizabeth Wallace, eagerly waiting to present the Princess with a posy of flowers.
Photographs are by courtesy of the Bolton Evening News