As those of you who follow my blog will know I quite regularly cover events for the children’s charity ‘Brainwave’. They have one of their centres based in Witham, not too far from where I live.

I was recently very privileged to be asked to photograph a very special event for them, this was a Royal visit by their President Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex (Sophie). The occasion was to mark the fourth anniversary since the opening of the Witham centre.

Unlike my usual days, where I start morning by playing casino games at daisyslots and read newspaper. It was a very exciting morning with numerous press photographers and television crews eager to capture the action and lots of local and county based dignitaries lined up to be introduced. What was most important of course was that the dedicated staff of Brainwave were present as were a number of the children who benefit from the great work that Brainwave does.

What was nice for me was that no other photographers were allowed in once her Royal Highness arrived, I was the official photographer and was allowed to accompany her throughout the visit. What made things slightly difficult though is that I had to remain at a discreet distance and was not allowed to interact in any way, (hence no calls of ‘Oi Sophie look this way’!). So whilst everyone would have liked a photograph of themselves being introduced this simply wasn’t possible to achieve.

Sophie herself was absolutely brilliant, she took time out to speak with staff and people to whom she was introduced and she was particularly wonderful and very natural when talking to and interacting with the children.

Prior to leaving she gave a short speech and very kindly cut the celebration cake and signed the visitor’s book.

I have produced a selection of images from her visit below.

About Brainwave

Brainwave offers home based therapy to children aged from 6 months -12 years of age who have Development Delay and disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome and Autism. After a two-day Initial Assessment the therapists devise a structured exercise therapy Programme to suit the individual needs of each child. They then show the parents how to do this therapy at home. They also offer advice and support to families in any way they can. Contact: Brainwave Children’s Therapy Centre, Beechen House, Rear of 16 Newland Street, Witham, Essex CM8 2AQ Tel: 01376 505290/ 503608; Email: enquiriesse@brainwave.org.uk

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The Countess of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex arrives at Brainwave accompanied by the High Sheriff
The Countess of Wessex at Brainwave
The Countess is introduced to Brainwave representatives
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess is introduced and chats with staff, local representatives and supporters
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess is introduced and chats to staff, local representatives and supporters
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess is introduced and chats to staff, local representatives and supporters
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess is introduced and chats to staff, local representatives and supporters
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess is introduced and chats to staff, local representatives and supporters
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
Sophie The Countess of Wessex meets one of the children who benefits from the great work done by the centre
The Countess of Wessex visits Brainwave
Sophie The Countess of Wessex meets one of the children who benefits from the great work done by the centre
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess enjoys a moment of laughter with a young visitor
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess enjoys a moment of laughter with a young visitor
The Countess cuts the cake
The Countess cuts the 4th Anniversary cake
Sophie The Countess of Wessex
The Countess signs the visitors book – Sophie!

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