Duchess helps charity mark 50th birthday

Duchess of Gloucester, the patron of Shine attends the charity's service at Peterborough Cathedral with Lady Victoria Leatham. They are pictured meeting  Bishop Donald and Canon Bruce Ruddock outside the West Front EMN-160413-133502009
Duchess of Gloucester, the patron of Shine attends the charity's service at Peterborough Cathedral with Lady Victoria Leatham. They are pictured meeting Bishop Donald and Canon Bruce Ruddock outside the West Front EMN-160413-133502009
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A Peterborough based charity celebrated its golden anniversary with royalty at a special cathedral service.

HRH The Duchess of Gloucester joined staff and representatives from Shine at Peterborough Cathedral yesterday.

Duchess of Gloucester, the patron of Shine attends the charity's service at Peterborough Cathedral with Lady Victoria Leatham. EMN-160413-133703009

Duchess of Gloucester, the patron of Shine attends the charity's service at Peterborough Cathedral with Lady Victoria Leatham. EMN-160413-133703009

The charity, which has its base in Park Road, Peterborough, supports people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

The Duchess, who has been the Patron of the charity since 1973, met some of the charity’s members from all around the country. Among those to meet the royal guest was four-and-a-half  year old Angel Wilcox, who presented the duchess with a bouquet.

Shine CEO, Kate Steele said: “What a great start to our golden year! It was so important to acknowledge the achievements of Shine over 50 golden years, and to meet so many members, in such a beautiful venue.

“Having the presence of our Patron, who has been such a support over the years, made this an extra special event.”

Duchess of Gloucester, the patron of Shine attends the charity's service at Peterborough Cathedral with Lady Victoria Leatham. EMN-160413-133652009

Duchess of Gloucester, the patron of Shine attends the charity's service at Peterborough Cathedral with Lady Victoria Leatham. EMN-160413-133652009

Shine Chairman, Richard Astle added: “So much has been achieved by the charity during the last 50 years.

“The service and support it provides is vital so if you are able to help us during 2016 to make sure this is a year to remember then we would very much appreciate the support.”