Princess Anne visits Woodborough charity for ex-service personnel (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Princess Anne visits Woodborough charity for ex-service personnel
2:36pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
Princess Anne visited Woodborough today to present City and Guilds certificates to former servicemen who have learned new skills at a charity based in the village.
The veterans were trained in bookbinding by The Wiltshire Barn Project, which supports injured and sick former servicemen and women.
The craft not only has great therapeutic benefits, but also provides them with a qualification, which can help them gain new employment.
The charity is the creation of Jonathan Powell, a former soldier and bookbinder, and Rob Shepherd of Shepherds Bookbinders. The Princess Royal, who is the President of City & Guilds, visited the charity to meet the veterans and see their work.
The books that they produce are sold by high-end retailers in London and are in great demand; all income from the book sales is directed back into the charity. During the visit Princess Anne presented a City & Guilds certificate to Terry De’Ath, the first veteran to gain the bookbinding qualification.
He is a former Royal Artillery Sergeant who sustained a severe back injury at work, and was given a medical discharge from the Army last year.
Also receiving certificates were charity founder Jonathan Powell and the course tutor, Diana Illingworth-Cook.
Speaking at the event, Mr De'Ath said: "I only had a few qualifications outside my career in the Army, so getting this certificate means a lot to me.
"It has definitely helped to rebuild my confidence and I’ve achieved something I’m really proud of. Receiving my certificate from City & Guilds’ President is the icing on the cake."
CEO and director general of City & Guilds, Chris Jones said: "At City & Guilds, we’re all about helping people get into a job, progress on a job and move onto the next job.
"This is so important to the courageous ex-servicemen that we have met today; qualifications not only build self-esteem and confidence but will show that they have achieved a nationally-recognised level of craftsmanship.
"They provide people with opportunities that they otherwise would not have had. Terry should be truly proud of his accomplishment and I’m sure his qualification will take him far."
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