Countess of Wessex opens new Woking hub to support mothers and babies

The Countess of Wessex has opened the Jigsaw Hub at The Lighthouse, a new hub that provides support for new mothers after giving birth last Thursday.

Sophie met new mothers and even had some cuddles with their newborn babies in Woking.

HRH met volunteers to hear about importance of the hub. (@RoyalFamily)

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Sophie met volunteers and local people supported by The Lighthouse and heard how their new hub is supporting the community. She heard how the charity has been offering free clothing, equipment and toys for local children, families escaping domestic abuse and refugee families in the area.

The Lighthouse hosts a range of projects aiming to support, encourage and empower marginalised and vulnerable members of society through offering training and providing care packages and food.

Speaking at the new centre, Sophie said: “I certainly got so much out of my time here and I hope to continue to do bits of volunteering for you because it’s a wonderful community that you’ve created here and I’ve really enjoyed it.

Sophie was all smiles as she spent time with new mothers. (@RoyalFamily)

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The Countess of Wessex met mothers and their children at The Lighthouse’s new hub. (Royal Family).

Showing her maternal side, the Countess even bought some items from the hub’s pretend supermarket and cashier as she engaged with the children.

The charity, which is just a few miles from HRH’s Bagshot Park home, hosts a range of projects aiming to support, encourage and empower marginalised and vulnerable members of society through offering training and providing care packages and food.

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HRH engaged in some play at a pretend supermarket. (@RoyalFamily)

It began 16 years ago, when a group of mums noticed how quickly their children were growing out of perfectly good clothes and toys, and so were inspired to help others who might need items for their children too.

Her Royal Highness previously volunteered at The Lighthouse’s food bank during the pandemic. Most recently, Sophie helped to serve some festive snacks and prep some care packages for children over Christmas. She even helped make the shortbread that went into the packages.

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The visit came on the day it was announced she and her husband, Prince Edward, will visit Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines from 22 to 28 April to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

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