Kate, Sophie Wessex and Camilla call people across the UK
1st June 2020

Royalty calling! Kate Middleton, Sophie Wessex and the Duchess of Cornwall join NHS Volunteer Responders to make phone calls to elderly, self-isolating or vulnerable people amid the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Duchess of Cambridge, 38, has joined the NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme  
  • Countess of Wessex and Duchess of Cornwall have also helped with the initiative
  • Royals called people across the UK who are self-isolating, elderly or vulnerable
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Kate Middleton, Camilla and Sophie Wessex have made phone calls to people who are elderly, self-isolating or vulnerable to check in on them during the coronavirus pandemic. 

According to People, the trio took part in the NHS Volunteer Responders programme, which is coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), and sees participants ‘check-in and chat’ with people.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38, called Donna Williams, 42, a mother-of-two who is caring for her daughter Alessandra, who suffers from a rare form of Type 1 diabetes. 

Elsewhere, the Countess of Wessex, 55, spoke to Harry Deboo, 89, from Liverpool, who lost his wife around three years ago and recently had a triple bypass, while the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, chatted with Doris Winfield, 85, who is self-isolating in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

Kate (pictured in March), Camilla and Sophie Wessex have all been calling UK residents to check in on them during the coronavirus pandemic, according to People

They royals (pictured is Sophie on a video call recently) took part in the NHS Volunteer Responders programme, which is coordinated by the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), and sees participants ‘check-in and chat’ with people who are either self-isolating, elderly or vulnerable

Harry, who spoke with Sophie, said: ‘It was great to chat to The Countess of Wessex and really made my week. I have one son who doesn’t live locally – so I don’t get to see many people – especially now. 

‘I also like to keep the memory of my wife alive and it was great to chat about her. She really listened to every word and it was great to share our lockdown experiences together.’

After speaking with Camilla, Doris said: ‘Having a chat with The Duchess of Cornwall meant the world to me. I’ve been incredibly lonely over the last couple of months and it was wonderful to talk to her.

‘We talked about life in isolation and shared hobbies. She was very interested in my family and how I was coping. It really cheered me up,’ she added. 

It comes as the Duchess of Cornwall hailed volunteers as the ‘backbone of our country’ as NHS responders reach a quarter of a million tasks.

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured in February), 72, chatted with Doris Winfield, 85, who is self-isolating in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

Camilla, who is president of the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), thanked those who have given their time during the coronavirus pandemic at the start of what is usually Volunteers’ Week.

She said: ‘This year in particular we owe a great debt of thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who have stepped forward in astonishing numbers, pulling together to support those affected by Covid-19.’

The RVS is in charge of organising the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who opted to help the NHS during the pandemic.

The scheme has now completed its 250,000th task and is averaging 7,000 jobs a day, with 70% completed in two hours. 

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