Royal visits Welwyn Garden City to open safe place for victims of crime
PUBLISHED: 12:37 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:37 28 September 2018
A royal guest visited Welwyn Garden City to open a safe place for victims of crime to recover.
HRH Princess Anne visited Hertfordshire’s victim care service, Beacon Victim Care, at Police Headquarters in WGC last Wednesday.
She presented five Shining Light awards, celebrating achievements including establishing a restorative justice provision, supporting child victims of crime, providing exceptional office support and outstanding support for individual victims.
Beacon Victim Care helps victims from across Hertfordshire cope and recover from their experience with crime - whether or not they have reported it.
The princess met with the team and opened The Beacon Lodge, the county’s newest facility for providing one-to-one support to victims.
The visit was made in her capacity as Patron of Catch22, the charity running Beacon Victim Care on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Emma Jones, head of service for Beacon Victim Care, said: “We are delighted that our Patron HRH Princess Anne has visited us at Hertfordshire Beacon, and helped us celebrate the team’s commitment to serving victims of crime in Hertfordshire.
“It was made even more special as someone who had used our service was present to tell his story.
“Seeing him tell the audience how much Beacon has changed his life showed what a difference we make through our work.”
Kevin McGetrick, head of victims and commissioning at the Herts PCC office, said: “This marks a fantastic milestone in the history of Beacon.
“Three years on from its launch, the service has grown from strength to strength and the visit of Her Royal Highness recognises how important the team’s work is, and I thank staff and Catch 22 for that.
“The lodge represents an important development in providing even greater level of support including those who seek support including mediation.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Beacon has made a huge difference to the lives of people affected by all sorts of crime in the county, and earlier this year we were able to increase the support available to cover even more crimes, which is excellent news.”