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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play bingo at Cardiff care home as a thank you to social care workers

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to the Shire Care Home in Cardiff via video call. Credit: Kensington Palace

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spoken to people at a care home in Cardiff and played bingo with them via video call as a way of saying thank you to social care workers.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been speaking to care workers from across the UK to hear about their experiences of providing care during the coronavirus outbreak, and to thank them for their tireless efforts to continue to look after the most vulnerable in our society.

Their Royal Highnesses also helped call out some of the bingo numbers. Credit: Kensington Palace

On Wednesday, Their Royal Highnesses joined residents from the Shire Hall Care Home in Cardiff via video call as they played bingo in the home’s cinema.

Shire Hall provides residential, nursing and dementia care and is part of Hallmark Care Homes, a family-run care provider with 19 care homes across England and Wales.

The Duke and Duchess took their turn as guest bingo callers for one of the games, before speaking to some of the residents and their care workers.

Watch the video call:

Kensington Palace Pictures

Before the game, The Duke and Duchess heard from members of the care team about the impact of Covid-19 and the challenges that they have faced as a result of the pandemic.

Their Royal Highnesses also heard how the home has adapted to the current circumstances, including greater use of technology to allow residents to stay in touch with their families and friends.

The Duke and Duchess heard how the care home has been helping residents to stay in touch with their families. Credit: Kensington Palace

Earlier this month, The Duke of Cambridge held calls with care workers in England and Northern Ireland. Across the calls, they discussed the unique challenges of providing care throughout the pandemic, including the impact of the last few months on the mental health and wellbeing of both those receiving care and the caregivers themselves.

On Thursday 14th May, His Royal Highness held a video call with care workers from different parts of the sector across England, including those providing care within people’s homes, personal assistance, and supported living services.

During this call, The Duke said: “If there’s hopefully some positivity that comes out of this horrendous time, it is that there’s a light shone on all of the wonderful things you all do and on the social care sector, and it allows people to acknowledge, respect and appreciate everything that you are doing.”