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Skating for the Duchess of Cornwall



curtis meets_camillaThe Duchess of Cornwall met Alice Hanrahan, 78, who dedicates her time to help ice skaters at six rinks.

Alice has been nominated as a Diamond Champion, an official Queen’s Diamond Jubilee project which celebrates the contribution of volunteers over 60 years of age.

The award scheme has been launched by the older people’s charity the WRVS, with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall as its patrons.

Alice arranges tests for aspiring skaters and helps to manage national and international contests.

She organises about 2,000 skating examinations a year. The Duchess watched skaters from the side of the rink in Bayswater, west London, before meeting them on the ice and learning about the difference Alice’s help has made to their lives.

She was especially enthralled by two young skaters, the youngest skating couple in Great Britain, Curtis and Sophia Elton who skated for her. Curtis, who is 8 years old is also the youngest pianist in the country to have gained Grade 8 piano and is also studying for his diploma. His sister Sophia is 7 years old.

The WRVS is encouraging people to nominate those who make a difference to the lives of others in their community through voluntary work.

The 80 award scheme finalists will be invited to an event to meet the royal couple in the autumn.

Alice said: “It’s a fantastic honour. I became involved with skating through my daughter Sarah, but I absolutely live it.

"It is an honour to be nominated as a Diamond Champion.”


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