Prince Charles visits Islington Red Cross centre
PUBLISHED: 11:22 11 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:23 11 May 2016
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Prince Charles visited the Red Cross refugee service centre in Islington on Tuesday.
The Prince of Wales, who is the charity’s president, met Syrian and Kenyan refugees during his visit, as well as staff and volunteers at the Berners Road centre.
These included Audrey Tibbles, 90, who he gave a certificate of commendation for her incredible 73 years of service as a volunteer.
Miss Tibbles signed up for the Red Cross during the Second World War, and served as Commandant of the City of London from 1956 to 1987.
During his visit the prince also met Sleman Swaish, 28, a Syrian refugee who fled Aleppo in 2012 and is now a refugee service co-ordinator for the Red Cross.
“It was an honour to meet the Prince of Wales,” he said, “and he was interested to hear about my own personal story as a refugee, as well as the great work that the British Red Cross does all over the UK.”
Alex Fraser, director of refugee services for the charity, spoke of the impact the Prince of Wales’ visit had on the refugees at the centre.
“It means a great deal to people like Sleman for His Royal Highness to take the time out to listen to their stories and hear about the challenges that they have overcome,” he said.
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