The Duke of Devonshire supports Mencap

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (far left) pictured with residents , trustees and board members and the refurbishment plans for two of Mencap's residential homes
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire (far left) pictured with residents , trustees and board members and the refurbishment plans for two of Mencap's residential homes

THE Duke of Devonshire has become patron of a charity supporting people with learning difficulties in the Hailsham area.

Eastbourne & District Mencap hosted a visit by the Duke accompanied by the Duchess to residential homes run by the charity in Eastbourne – Sedgemoor and Framley.

The Duke said he was delighted with his new role, and added: “I know how important this local group is for the people in this region. We are most impressed by everything we saw and heard during such an inspiring visit. I am sure that plans to refurbish Sedgemoor and Framley will bring benefits to very many people in area.”

David Long, chairman of Eastbourne& District Mencap, was thrilled the the Duke of Devonshire was heading up the charity’s team of supporters.

Mr Long said: “We are honoured with the Duke’s formal commitment to us.”