The staff and trustees of Inspire were delighted to welcome Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge to officially open our new Resilience Centre at Lombard House on Wednesday the 4th of October.
Just before the Duke arrived Inspire Chairperson Prof Hugh McKenna told an assembled group of dignitaries and invited guests that “Lady Margaret Wakehusrt established the first Beacon Centre and 1959 and for us Lombard House Resilience Centre is a bold, modern reflection of Lady Wakehurst's original vision of a beacon of light - a stigma free place for people to be inspired and to access the services they need to help them reach their full potential. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry are strong and impressive advocates for mental health. Their work is helping smash stigma and I can't think of anyone more appropriate to open our Resilience Centre.”
Inspire CEO Peter McBride said “it was a great honor to host the Duke. His Royal Highness specifically requested some private time with the people Inspire works with and we were delighted to get the chance to do this. I also took the opportunity to thank the Duke for the work he and his family are doing to break the stigma around mental health.”
During his visit to Inspire the Duke met with the IFA who showcased the work they are doing to promote mental wellbeing through sport. Young People from Our Lady and St Patrick’s College Knock talked to the Duke about how they are working with Cinemagic to address mental wellbeing in their peer group; and young people from MACS and Inspire service users joined artist Rory Jeffers to highlight the connection between wellbeing and creativity.