HRH the Duchess of Cornwall flew into Grays yesterday to visit the South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre (SERICC).
SERRIC has, since 1984, provided counselling and support for females who have been victims of sexual abuse. Some have been as young as three-years-old and others as old as 87.
The duchess’ helicopter landed at Kilverts Field, near to the town’s wharf. From there, the duchess flanked by royal protection officers made the short drive to the centre where she was met outside by SERICC director, Sheila Coates MBE as well as chief executive of Thurrock Council, Graham Farrant and Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price.
Once inside, the duchess spent a considerable amount of time speaking to service users, touring the centre as well as speaking to key figures from the voluntary sector.
Clearly moved and impressed, the duchess made a short speech where she conveyed her thanks to all those involved.
YT’s cameras spent the morning chronicling the visit.