Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal attended a Charity Reception and Lunch to support Carers Trust at Pines Hotel, Preston Road, Chorley on Tuesday 23rd October 2012.

The event, which raised £22,000, was organised by Carole Cochrane CBE DL, Ambassador, Carers Trust; Mrs Betty Duffin, Pines Hotel; and Mr Alan Morrow, Patron, Carers Trust.

 Over 150 guests enjoyed a three-course lunch and entertainment from the Duelling Pianos.  Businesses from across the region who supported the event included Hemway Ltd, Seneca Capital Limited, B Livesey Ltd, Ainscough Investments, Preston Audi, Tom Martin Co Ltd, Morrow Brothers Ltd. & Napthens.

 Mrs Betty Duffin thanked Her Royal Highness for attending the event and said it was a thrill to have a royal guest at the hotel, which she had run for many years.  She was proud to be part of the day which not only raised funds to support carers who often never thought they would be carers or still did not see themselves in that role, but also to raise the profile of Carers Trust and the work that it does.

Guests were able to bid in a special auction for a unique painting by contemporary artist Bill Blackwood – whose work has been commissioned by leading UK companies including British Telecom and Miller Group.    Other popular auction prizes included an Exclusive Dining experience at The Pines for a party of ten; A private box with a meal for ten at Preston North End’s match against Doncaster in December; a box at Haydock Race Course for the Betfair Chase Festival; a beautiful needlepoint picture of Santa Claus and an incredible glass vase from master glass artist John Ditchfield whose studios are close to Blackpool.