WEST Wight Sports and Community Centre has received a royal seal of approval ­— a thank you letter from the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The letter acknowledges the efforts of the staff and volunteers at the centre, going "above and beyond" to support the Isle of Wight community through its Coronavirus Support Hub.

"We got a huge surprise in the post this morning," said centre manager, Clare Griffin.

"We never imagined that news of the West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub would reach royalty.

"It is really humbling to be acknowledged by their Royal Highnesses, the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

"We must say a massive thank you once again to each and every one of our volunteers ­— this has been a success because of you."

The centre, which is based in Freshwater, is continuing to provide support to those most in need, and can be contacted on 01983 752168.

It can provide help with shopping, phone calls, hot meal delivery, prescriptions and more.