Isle of Wight News

06 April 2023, 17:34

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester to visit the Island

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester will be visiting the Isle of Wight later this month.

She will carry out a number of engagements across the Island on Wednesday, 19 April. 

At St Mary's Hospital, she will officially open the newly-built Isle of Wight NHS Trust ambulance station, taking a guided tour of the facility and meeting operational staff and teams behind the running of the service.

She will also be showing her support to the Island Games team that is travelling to compete in Guernsey later in the year. She will give thanks to the team's two longest standing main sponsors — kit sponsor ICR TOUCH and Red Funnel which has sponsored the team travel. 

The Duchess of Gloucester  will also visit the West Wight Dementia Friendly Choir, who meet every Wednesday in Freshwater.

The choir is made up of people living with dementia, their family members and some carers and provides a couple of hours' joy and respite to all concerned.

Finally, she will visit Home-Start IOW, a voluntary organisation that offers support to parents and carers with at least one child under five to help them with the challenges of family life.

Contact Information

Isle of Wight Council Media Team

Notes to editors

PLEASE NOTE: Contact details are not to be printed or publicised.

Respectfully: No media presence at Home-Start or IOW Ambulance Station. Please discuss directly with key contact for other venues.


Newport Ambulance Station

St Mary’s Hospital, Parkhurst Road, Newport, PO30 5TG

Key Contact

Katy Appleby, Head of Communications and Engagement

07970 928615


Sandown & Shanklin Golf Club,  

The Fairway, Lake, Sandown, PO36 9PR 

Key Contact

Kevin Winchcombe - 07912028403


West Wight Dementia Friendly Choir

Freshwater Methodist Church, Brookside Road, Freshwater, PO40 9ER

Key contact

Pam Wedgwood

07729 938893


Home-Start – Isle of Wight

Exchange House, St Cross Lane, Newport PO30 5BZ (Small venue) 

Key Contact

Alison Griffiths - 01983 533357