HRH The Princess Royal opened the Derek Mead Health Room for farmers and agricultural workers in the Sedgemoor Auction Centre at Junction 24.
The health clinic was set up with support from local organisations, including R.A.B.I, and is open every second and fourth Saturday of each month. Farmers can pop in to the clinic to receive essential health checks and support for mental health concerns from an NHS nurse.
Stephen Noble, head of fundraising and development, attended the opening event with trustee John Hoskin and Devon committee member Donald Arscott. John and Donald were invited to meet with The Princess Royal.
Katherine Hawke, director of Junction 24, said: “We opened the Derek Mead Health Room in memory of my father. He was well known in the farming community and was a passionate advocate in the efforts to provide farmers with the care and support they need. He always believed that more could be done for the farming community and that health care, especially, needs to be more accessible.”
Stephen added: “We are proud to contribute to the steering group for the Derek Mead Health Room through our regional manager Pam Wills and were delighted to be invited to the official opening.”