Princess Anne visits young chocolatier
Britain’s Princess Anne visited an 18-year-old chocolatier this week.
The 65-year-old princess “thrilled” Danesh Amin – who has been perfecting his luxury chocolate for eight years and built a chocolate factory in Brockham, Surrey, South East England when he was just 16 – with her visit to his production side.
Danesh – who has a Brocks Chocs store at Redhill’s Belfry Shopping Centre and is planning to open more shops this year – said: “This visit in 2016 comes during my biggest growth year – both professionally and personally as I embark upon opening new stores, creating further employment locally and furthering my education at university.
“I am very excited about what the future holds for Brocks Chocs.”
Later in the day, Anne visited Denbies Wine Estate in nearby Dorking to honour charity Limbcare – which was set up in 2010 to support amputees and their families – with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Founder and chairman of the charity, Ray Edwards MBE told GetSurrey.co.uk: “It is the greatest gift to give, hope and support to another amputee.
“To win the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is so unique because we are so young and isn’t it wonderful to have The Princess Royal bestowing it on us today.
“We are absolutely honoured and it is all to do with the volunteers and supporters that have helped me from day one so it’s not my award, it’s our award. We’re not big but we’re so proud.”
Anne – who had visited the charity twice in the past and impressed those she met with her knowledge – hoped the award would help the charity expand.
She said: “All the best and congratulations to everyone because this award really does mark everybody’s efforts.
“You will need more volunteers of course so keep spreading the word and I hope this will help you do so in future.”