Prince Charles to visit Welsh town

Prince Charles will be travelling to the town of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales today (15.12.15) to visit the Pen-y-Dre High School and the Keir Hardie University Health Park.

Prince Charles to visit Welsh town

Prince Charles will be travelling to the town of Merthyr Tydfil today (15.12.15).

The 67-year-old royal is set to visit the Welsh town to see the work of charity Teach First at the Pen-y-Dre High School in Gurnos.

Charles will meet 11 to 16-year-old's at the educational facility and learn how Teach First, who aim to end educational inequality, work within the school.

Following his visit at the school, Charles will travel to the Keir Hardie University Health Park - a £35 million facility that has been open since 2012.

It made history when it was launched as it became the first university health park of its kind in Wales.

It hosts health care and social care services and aims to help tackle some of the biggest community problems suffered by residents in the South Wales Valleys.

The park also has a £2.8 million academic centre which opened in January and allows students from Cardiff University's School of Medicine to visit on a weekly basis to learn new skills in a hands-on environment.

Dr Christopher Jones, chairman of Cwm Taf University Health Board, said of Charles' visit: "His Royal Highness will be able to see how Keir Hardie University Health Park is a platform to challenge the inverse care law by uniquely bringing together all the elements of health and social care to support people and help them develop healthier lives.

"With these opportunities, the future of healthcare for our communities across the South Wales valleys can, and will, be improved.

"His Royal Highness will also see how, together with Cardiff University we are leading the way in training the young doctors of the future.

"It opens a window for them to experience in their formative years the needs, values and joy of serving our Welsh Valley communities."

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