PRINCESS Anne will be dropping into Ellesmere Port on Hallowe’en.
Making her third visit to the town in as many years, HRH The Princess Royal is coming here in her capacity as president of Save the Children UK.
She is to visit AbitibiBowater’s Bridgewater mill in North Road, where she will unveil a specially liveried paper bank aimed at boosting donations to the children’s charity.
The distinctive blue bank features the Save the Children logo, together with the slogan “We Save the Children. Will you?”
Her Royal Highness will also unveil a plaque to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Bridgewater mill.
The visit marks the donation of £1m to Save the Children by AbitibiBowater Recycling Europe as a direct result of its £1 per tonne kerbside recycling programme, believed to be the largest amount raised in such a fashion.
Also invited are those local authorities who participate in the scheme and on whose behalf the monies have been donated, for local Save the Children volunteers and the company’s own operational staff.
“Having successfully achieved our first million, we’re raising the bar with the additional donation of £5 per tonne for all the paper that comes through our new Save the Children banks, which will be strategically sited throughout the UK,” said Ron Humphreys, managing director of AbitibiBowater Recycling Europe.
“The partnership has enabled us to fund vital projects around the world, including the UK, where not many people realise that a staggering one in five children still live in poverty.
“The reception is our way of thanking all those involved for their efforts over the past 20 years – local authorities and recyclers alike,” he added.
Headquartered in the Port, AbitibiBowater Recycling Europe works with more than 100 local authorities, providing multi-material kerbside recycling programmes to 2.2 million homes. The company also operates a network of 5,500 paper banks in civic amenity sites, supermarket car parks, in city centres, schools and charity sites.
In June Her Royal Highness visited the Craxton Wood Hotel in Ledsham to meet members of the Home Farm Trust, and in February 2005, opened the new Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port.