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A visit from the Countess of Wessex

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Oxford Food Bank

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On the 13th February 2014 the unlikely sight of a convoy of cars conveying Her Royal Highness Sophie Countess of Wessex could be spotted driving into the depths of Curtis Yard to visit the Oxford Food Bank base.

After being introduced to founding Directors David Cairns and Robin Aitken the Countess immediately showed great interest in a bag of spuds (King Edwards perhaps) and launched into an enthusiastic discussion about OFB’s mode of operation.

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Having been shown around the base (and endured a short spell in one of the walk-in chill rooms) she was introduced to the large crowd of other attendees, including representatives from suppliers and the local charities that receive food from OFB as well as many OFB volunteers. The Countess also saw the arrival of an OFB van full of an impressive array of food just picked up from Fresh Direct in Bicester.

All in all a good time was had by everyone involved, including the Countess, who showed a strong interest in OFB and in all of the attendees, talking at length with many of them.

The occasion finished with a cake being cut by our Royal visitor in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of OFB, and the presentation of an OFB mug and apron. The latter will no doubt be passed on to Prince Edward for use during his cooking and washing up duties.

Media coverage of the event included items on both BBC South and Meridian local news and an article in the Oxford Mail. Slightly surprisingly there was also a mention in Hello magazine, together with a photo of the Countess clutching this season’s must have celebrity accessories – an Oxford Food Bank mug and apron!