We were proud to invite our former Principal, Bernard Coote, for a tour of SeeAbility's Leatherhead residential homes, supported living services, and The Millennium Centre.

SeeAbility's operating name is the Royal School for the Blind and we have a history dating back to 1799 and a presence in Leatherhead since 1901.

Bernard served as Principal of the school from 1976 to 1990, during which our charity started enabling people to achieve more independence and become part of the wider community. It was during this time that Princess Diana became Patron and visited the Leatherhead site multiple times.

His visit included a lunch with the people we support in Leatherhead, many of whom were residents at the Royal School for the Blind during Bernard's tenure.

Also present were SeeAbility Trustees and staff, including Chairman, James Deeley, and Chief Executive, Lisa Hopkins.

Bernard Coote, who was accompanied by his wife, said:

It was lovely to revisit a familiar place. We feel very privileged to have played a part in the development of this charity,