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The Countess of Wessex at the Women's Institute

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The Countess of Wessex has long supported women-focused charities and organization and has been a member at the local Bagshot Women's Institute since 2007. She was able to join them at a socially distanced gathering at Half Moon pub in Windlesham, Surrey at the beginning of July.

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The Countess heard more about how the group has supported coronavirus efforts throughout lockdown by sewing PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and scrub bags for local hospitals. They have also been baking for hospital workers and other essential employees in order to show their thanks for all of those on the frontline.

Sophie was due to attend the Women Institutes annual General meeting in June but the event was cancelled due to the pandemic. Her Royal Highness instead wrote a letter praising the contributions that the Institute has made during lockdown to support those on the frontlines. The letter was included in the Women's Institutes magazine.

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During her visit the Countess also spoke to the owners of the Half Moon Pub to learn more about the measures they have taken upon reopening to ensure that customers are safe. They have adapted a contact and trace system at the entrance as well as a new socially distanced table layout.

Sophie has continued to volunteer throughout the pandemic with organizations that are supporting hospital staff, assisting the homeless and providing meals to vulnerable and self-isolating people.

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