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RedR Patrons honoured by Princess Royal

11 October 2007

Capita Symonds has been officially certified as a patron of RedR UK - the international organisation which selects and trains engineers for humanitarian aid programmes across the world – at a drinks reception hosted by HRH The Princess Royal.

Capita Symonds will provide RedR UK with annual funding of £10,000 per year for a minimum of four years, including additional support through various fundraising events across the company.

The original concept of RedR was to create a register of carefully selected and trained engineers who could be called on at short notice to work with front-line relief agencies, either on secondment from their regular employer or as a full time aid relief worker.

HRH The Princess Royal, who has been President of the charity for 19 years, highlighted in a speech the value of RedR’s Patrons for the future of the organisation and presented a certificate to Capita Symonds as a new patron.

Capita Symonds’ involvement is led by David Price, Infrastructure Associate at the Cwmbran Office (pictured above left with The Princess Royal).

David has also just secured £20,000 of funding from the Welsh Assembly Government for his RedR / Engineers Without Borders (EWB) partnership with Cardiff University. These funds will be used to run training courses in Wales and to create a pool of experienced local engineers, which would enable them to join RedR and learn the skills required for working in disaster-affected areas.