On October 31, HRH the Princess Royal, Princess Anne of the United Kingdom met with some members of the executive committee of the Cheshire Home, led by its president, Dato Sri Ang Lai Soon.
The delegation also included the matron, Sister Regina.
It was quite a distinction for the Princess Royal to find time to meet with us, because it was obvious she was very very busy, shuttling between visits and chairing several meetings of commonwealth organizations.
Her delegation included the British High Commissioner Malaysia, H.E. Vicki Treadell. A member of the HiCom staff inquired if the Cheshire Home was in need of any help or support, and our President assured her that the expenses of the Cheshire Home and all its needs were raised by the Home's Annual Fund Raising Project, the Open Day, and by donations from well wishers.
The intent of the visit was a courtesy call because of the long connections between Sarawak Cheshire Home and the United Kingdom.
The next day, on November 1, the British High Commissioner for Malaysia,
H.E. Vicki Treadell CMG, MVO paid a visit to the Sarawak Cheshire Home, to declare open the Mr. and Mrs. Ang Cheng Ho Sick Bay of the Cheshire Home.
She was taken on a tour of inspection and saw some of the bed-ridden residents, and the facilities offered to those who are mobile and also witnessed a class of adult literacy – a service offered to adults who cannot read or write and others who are grossly, physically disabled.
She was shown our hydrotherapy (swimming) pool and the physiotherapy equipment for the physically disabled.
She unveiled the plaque to declare open the Mr. and Mrs. Ang Cheng Ho Sick Bay.
She was entertained to tea and hurried off to the airport to return to Kuala Lumpur.