Volunteer receives letter from royalty

Jamie Over.
Jamie Over.

A nationally recognised Daventry volunteer has received a handwritten letter from HRH the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles typed a letter to Jamie Over, 27, to congratulate him on being shortlisted for a Prince’s Trust Young Achiever Award for his voluntary work with Daventry District Housing (DDH).

But the future King also handwrote an apology to Jamie for the length of time it took his office to write. The note said: “I am sorry this letter is so belated – unfortunately it got held up somewhere in my office. Yours most sincerely, Charles.”

The letter from Highgrove House was sent after Jamie wrote to the Prince outlining how volunteering has helped him overcome barriers such as Asperger’s syndrome and unemployment and transformed his life over the last two years.

Jamie was shortlisted for a Prince’s Trust Young Achiever Award last year.

Jamie said: “I never thought that I would ever get a response, then to get two letters in a matter of a week from Prince Charles’ private secretary and then one from Prince Charles was quite touching and has now given me an even bigger boost to keep achieving.”

Jamie added: “But after a year of volunteering at DDH and from attending numerous training courses, my self-esteem and confidence have rapidly improved day by day which has enabled me to be the person that I am today.”

Jamie has now secured a full time job at a local company and will also be working in the Neighbourhood team at DDH, working alongside housing officers.

His voluntary work included coffee mornings for older residents living in DDH sheltered schemes.