Sophie, Countess of Wessex, speaks of ‘most challenging of years’ in official letter

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Sophie has continued to show her support to businesses and entrepreneurs during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Countess has recently sent a personal letter to the Investors in Community platform, which works to connect organisations, individuals, charities, and community groups to increase their impact. 

In her message, Sophie was pleased to announce this group had been selected by the British Chamber and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce as one of the UK Business Heroes.

In the letter, Prince Edward’s wife describes 2020 as “the most challenging of years”.

She wrote: “It has given me great pride to hear how businesses have gone the extra mile to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

“For this reason, I am delighted to support the British Chambers of Commerce UK Business Heroes campaign that recognises the incredible work businesses have carried out across the UK, in the most challenging of years.  

“It has been a particular pleasure to hear stories of how you have supported your local communities throughout the outbreak and to see you nominated as UK Business Heroes by your local Chamber of Commerce.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your positive contributions, congratulate you on your recognition as a UK Business Hero and wish you every success in your endeavours in the weeks and months ahead as we look to the recovery of our country.”

Sophie signed off the letter, presenting the letterhead of Bagshot Park, by hand. 

The Chamber of Commerce launched the UK Business Heroes campaign in the midst of the pandemic to recognise the work many businesses and individuals have been doing for the community during the COVID-19 emergency – despite the difficulties they are facing themselves with lockdown regulations.

Sophie’s royal work focuses on several areas, including helping women to enter the world of entrepreneurship.

In 2003, four years after she joined the Royal Family, she founded the Women in Business Group.  

This aims to help the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award reach more young people and help them develop valuable skills for the future.

This letter shared on Twitter by the Investors in Community group, comes a few weeks after the Countess of Wessex announced to have been in contact with a person who later tested positive for COVID-19.

On October 9, Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement: “Earlier this week The Countess of Wessex came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.

“She is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home.” 

Shortly after this announcement, Sophie appeared in a pre-recorded video call carried out from her home in Surrey to mark World Sight Day.

Three international leaders in eye care, as well as the Queen, joined her.

Following this announcement, Sophie continued to work from home but was not seen in public for several days, abiding by the Government regulations on COVID-19. 

On Saturday, she was spotted for the first time since early October carriage driving in the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Countess was wrapped up in a warm brown jacket, a matching hat and dark trousers.

Smiling Sophie was not wearing a face-covering – while the aide sitting behind her was donning a black face mask.    

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