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Prince Philip visits Dagenham disabled club

PUBLISHED: 16:36 21 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:12 02 July 2010

Prince Phillip is presented a hoodie by youth club

Prince Phillip is presented a hoodie by youth club

THE EXCITEMENT among the young people at Ab Phab youth club was plain to see as they prepared for Prince Phillip s visit last week. On Wednesday February 20, members joined with staff and volunteers to welcome

THE EXCITEMENT among the young people at Ab Phab youth club was plain to see as they prepared for Prince Phillip's visit last week.

On Wednesday February 20, members joined with staff and volunteers to welcome their royal visitor to Kingsley Hall in Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham.

Ab Phab hosted Prince Phillip as they had recently received been awarded a bronze level accreditation from London Youth, of which the Prince is patron.

He was greeted at the door by club co-ordinator Josy Hughes and taken to meet Mayor Fred Barnes, Vice Chairman of Essex Youth Mike Dyer, Chair of Ab Phab Lorraine Goldberg and Chief Executive Officer of DABD Lesley Hawes.

Josy Hughes said: "It was such an honour because although many organisations are given the award Prince Phillip only does two visits a year.

"We were lucky enough to be one of them."

Prince Phillip was lead on a tour of the club meeting some of the young people and staff.

Young Connor Bentley, a member of the club, designed the logo for a special hoodie jumper which he and volunteer Lydia Park presented to the Prince.

Speaking about meeting Prince Phillip, Lydia said: "He really seemed to enjoy the jumper - after all everyone needs a hoodie.

"It could keep him warm when he next goes hunting!

"The young people all helped design the jumper but Connor drew the logo for the front he's really very talented."

Connor said: "I really like art I think it's probably my favourite subject at school.

"For the jumper I drew a lion wearing a crown with HRH underneath I think the Prince really liked it."

Chloe Spiteria another volunteer who is currently doing the Duke of Edinburgh scheme was also introduced to the Prince.

Chloe said: "He was asking me about what I was doing and I said my Duke of Edinburgh award, he was very interested in how that was going.

"I also told him that I'm an Olympic wrestler and he laughed and laughed!"

Walking around the activities room Prince Phillip spoke to several volunteers and stopped to see what the young people were doing.

Zara-Leigh Marquez, a staff member who works on a one to one basis with some of the young people at the club, spoke to the Prince when he came to their table.

Zara-Leigh said: "He asked what we were doing at the table and I showed him the key rings and artwork that some of the children were making.

"He seemed very laid back and down to earth."

Ab Phab youth club was set up by DABD (Disabled Association of Barking and Dagenham) in September 1997 after they were approached by young people who wanted a youth club for people of all abilities.

Activities at the club include sports, arts and crafts, face painting, cookery and DJ and electronic music making sessions.

DABD ran and funded the group for five years until June 2002 when they helped Ab Phab set up its own management committee Ab Phab later became a registered charity in its own right

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