The Countess of Wessex helped a charity bury a time capsule on a visit to Oxfordshire on Thursday.
Sophie, 49, visited Dorchester Abbey, where she helped Parents and Children Together (PACT) commemorate more than a 100 years of building and supporting families.
During her visit, six-year-old Nicheala asked the Countess what was inside her clutch bag. The mother-of-two was more than happy to reveal the contents of her bag, which she showed the youngster. Amongst the contents of her royal clutch was a handkerchief, make-up and face moisturiser.
Speaking to Royal Central after the visit, PACT’s Communication’s Officer Emma Owen explained they were thrilled to welcome Prince Edward’s wife.
“We were honoured to welcome The Countess to Dorchester Abbey today,” Emma told us. “She spent time learning about three of our service areas – FACTS – therapeutic services for adopted and fostered children; Bounce Back 4 Kids – a programme for children affected by domestic abuse; and Alana House – a centre for vulnerable women.”
While visiting the charity, Sophie met local dignitaries, trustees of PACT and children from local schools, before helping the charity bury the time capsule.
“It was PACT’s centenary year in 2011 and we collected items to demonstrate our work building and strengthening families. These were placed in a time capsule which The Countess then buried in the grounds of the Abbey,” Emma explained.
Speaking ahead of the visit, the charity’s chief executive Jan Fishwick said: “The time capsule will serve as a record of our work so far and a celebration of all we have achieved.”
Before leaving the Countess unveiled a plaque to mark her visit, afterwards departing to continue a further two engagements in Oxford.
Founded in 1911, PACT has become an award-winning charity that finds families for children in care through adoption and fostering services in London and the South East.
PACT also operates therapeutic service Fostering and Adoption Consultation and Therapeutic Support (FACTS), which provides a range of bespoke services to support adopted and fostered children and their families.
Recently voted ‘Voluntary Adoption Service of the Year’ by the BAAF National Adoption Week Awards, FACTS bespoke services include creative play therapy, counselling and life story work.
To find out more about the work PACT does, visit their website or follow them on Twitter at @PACTCHARITY