Tadley resident Paul Button presented HRH The Duchess of Gloucester with a posy when she visited SeeAbility’s Fir Tree Lodge where he lives. The Duchess, Patron of SeeAbility, was opening the new extension to the property, where the charity provides specialist support to people with sight loss and multiple disabilities to enable them to develop and make the choices they want.

Paul, who has limited sight, showed the Duchess how he moves around his home independently using his SmartChair, a custom built wheelchair. Her Royal Highness was also shown a range of specialist equipment in the newly enhanced sensory room, and met a number of residents, their families and supporters before unveiling a plaque to mark the occasion. The posy Paul presented was made by Mrs Felicity Beard, whose daughter Lucy also lives at Fir Tree Lodge

Karen Hebdon, Registered Manager, said:

We are very proud of what Paul and all the people living here achieve. Having a Royal visit was very exciting for everyone concerned.

Her Royal Highness was received by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Mr Nigel Atkinson, who presented the Mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Roger Gardiner, the Mayoress, Mrs Tricia Gardiner, SeeAbility Chief Executive, Mr David Scott-Ralphs and Chairman of Trustees, Mr James Deeley.