A Royal visitor made a special visit to Burnham-On-Sea on Thursday afternoon (April 30th).

The Duke of Gloucester visited Beaufort House residential care home in Rectory Road, which has undergone a major refurbishment over the past five years.

The home is owned and run by the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and the majority of its residents are from farming backgrounds.

The Duke, who is the charity’s president, met residents and staff during his visit and heard more about its refurbishment project at the home.

Beaufort House – a former school set in two acres of landscaped grounds – is one of two residential homes in the UK run by RABI, a grant-making charity that helps farmers and farmworkers, giving out £2m each year.

Also visiting Beaufort House on Thursday were the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Mrs Annie Maw, The High Sheriff of Somerset, The Honourable Mrs James Nelson, and the Chief Executive of Sedgemoor District Council, Mr Kerry Rickards plus RABI Chairman Mr Chris Riddle and fellow trustees.

Paul Burrows, RABI Chief Executive, said: “We are very proud of the quality of care we provide at Beaufort House and the excellent team of staff.”

Sue Luck, manager of Beaufort House, added: “We were honoured to welcome the charity’s president to Beaufort for his first visit to our wonderful home to see the wonderful work we do and the completed refurbishment of the home.”

She added: “Beaufort House is a ‘flagship’ of the charity and we are very proud to deliver high quality care to all that live here.”

“I would like to thank all the staff for their hard work and dedication. I personally felt very honoured to have HRH visit us, the residents had a wonderful day and HRH took the time to meet everyone.”

“The residents appreciated the time he spent with them – they all commented on what a fantastic day they had.”

Beaufort House has 33 en-suite rooms / apartments, plus 12 sheltered flats at the adjoining Beaufort Court.