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Thousands Celebrate at RoSPA Garden Party

HSME lucky to be invited to big event

The sun was shining on 3,500 guests last Thursday (May 25), as HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie of York hosted RoSPA’s Centenary Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

The safety charity’s supporters, members, award winners, friends and staff enjoyed a royal tea party in the glorious weather as it continued its year of 100th birthday celebrations.

The Duke and Princess, who were attending on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, RoSPA’s Patron, met and spoke to a variety of guests, including accident victims and their families, who shared their stories of the importance of accident prevention in all aspects of daily life – in the workplace, in the home, on the road and at leisure.

Errol Taylor, RoSPA’s acting chief executive, said: “Everyone who attended the garden party had such a wonderful day. It surpassed all expectations, and the sun shone brightly all day.

“We were delighted to share such a special occasion with our many guests, and in particular HRH The Duke of York and HRH Princess Eugenie, to whom we were able to demonstrate our important and extensive work through those they met.

“We want to thank all of those who attended, and the many other friends of RoSPA from around the world, as it is because of them that we can continue working to save lives and reduce injuries.”

The garden party was the pinnacle of RoSPA’s ongoing centenary celebrations, which include a special exhibition at the Library of Birmingham, showcasing 100 years of accident prevention and including many of RoSPA’s iconic and historical workplace safety posters.

To find out more about RoSPA’s centenary celebrations, see

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Accidents are the biggest threat to you and your family for most your life. In fact, more than 14,000 people die as a result of accidents across the UK each year, while thousands more are maimed and millions are injured. Businesses are ruined. Families are devastated. Children grow up without parents, parents without children. Yet despite the scale and severity of the problem, accidents are still too often discussed with a shrug of the shoulders. There is a pervasive belief amongst some people that accidents are somehow inevitable. That they can't be stopped. Imagine if we took the same attitude towards child abuse. Or cancer. For almost 100 years, RoSPA has been quietly working behind the scenes to change both legislation and attitudes surrounding accidents. From the compulsory wearing of seatbelts and the campaign to stop drink driving, to the Cycling Proficiency Test and to the more recent ban on handheld mobile phones behind the wheel, RoSPA has been instrumental in shaping our society for the better, preventing millions of deaths and serious injuries along the way. As a registered charity, we are committed to continuing this legacy of change.