A princess, a racing car driver and the youth of the UK

I am always delighted to be invited to see UK Youth’s updates at Avon Tyrrell, a charity that is very close to my heart, but this year was especially exciting because September’s charity show case had a couple of very special guests: not only did I get to meet Princess Anne, I also got to meet one of my dad’s hero’s, Nigel Mansell CBE!


The young people on site were thrilled by the manner of arrival and departure manner by the Princess Royal, who landed on the lawn in a very smart navy helicopter.

Princess Anne at UK Youth
Princess Anne at UK Youth

The staff at Avon Tyrell and UK Youth showed us around the now crumpling Grade I listed house that provides such an amazing setting to the groups that use it, but is in desperate need of repair and TLC.

“Staying in the house seems a little bit like being part of a big adventure – your own slice of Hogwarts.”

The charity hopes that by raising awareness they will be able to keep offering outdoor learning and away from home services to the UK’s young people for another 70 years.