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HRH The Princess Royal attends Special Service of Celebration to mark the work of Livability, the new face of John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society

Tuesday, 22nd April 2008

HRH The Princess Royal attends Special Service of Celebration to mark the work of Livability, the new face of John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society

HRH The Princess Royal attended the Abbey on Tuesday 22nd April for a Special Service of Celebration to mark the work of Livability, the new face of John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society.

HRH is the patron of the charity, which is now the largest Christian disability charity in the UK. It offers a wide range of innovative services that support and empower disabled people throughout their lives.

In the Address, the Dean called for more coherent action from the Government to offer disabled people true equality. He said:

Statutory authorities and voluntary bodies need to work together for the public good. Government action on its own can too easily lead to all the ills of a welfare society that is confused about its values, that imposes its own one-size-fits-all formulae, that has lost its heart … Working together, statutory authorities and voluntary bodies can have organisation and heart, scope and values, be a true and loving service.

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