There is a lot going on in the world today. I just want to tale a moment and wish the Countess of Wessex a very happy birthday.
Sophie Rhys-Jones became The Countess of Wessex when she married His Royal Highness Prince Edward at St. George’s Chapel on 19 June 1999. The Countess showed an interest in expanding opportunities for young people and for those with disabilities.
When Sophie is on a visit to a charity that serves those with disabilities or life-limiting illnesses, she really shines. During a visit to The Footsteps Foundation in November of 2019, Sophie showed that she was completely comfortable getting down on the floor and playing with 2-year-old Matthew as she encouraged him to push a toy car down a slope into a line-up of other toys. Matthew and his twin sister have Cerebral Palsy and both greatly benefit from weeks-long stays at Footsteps. While at Footsteps Matthew and other children have access to daily, intensive therapies with the aim to improve functioning and quality of life.
You probably want to take a moment and watch this video from her visit to Footsteps just to see for yourself how lovely she is with these kids.
I truly hope The Countess of Wessex has an absolutely wonderful day. I hope that she spends the day laughing, smiling and feeling important to and loved by those around her. Just the way she makes children and families feel when she is visiting with them and learning about the services they receive from the charities she supports.