Telling Royalty about Share the Care

It’s not every day that the Royal family get to hear what it’s like to be a respite carer for South Gloucestershire Council. But that’s exactly what happened when Liz and Phil Knight came face-to-face with the Countess of Wessex. They were determined to tell her about their roles as Share the Care short break carers for disabled children. Liz and Phil currently provide regular short breaks for six children who have the most complex of health needs.

The Countess Sophie - who is the wife of Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex - praised the couple for doing such a ‘wonderful thing’ and so much ‘good work.’

Liz and Phil and their three children were selected to meet the Countess during her visit to The Jessie May Trust on 10 September. The charity provides nursing care at home for terminally ill children who are not expected to live beyond the age of 19.

The Knight family continue to receive bereavement counselling from Jessie May after their five-year-old foster son died of cancer three years ago when they were carers for Bristol.

The Knight family have been South Gloucestershire carers since 2013 and have children regularly staying with them for one night to two weeks.

Liz said: “We do it because we enjoy it so much. We get so much out of it, it’s all the little moments that mean so much. The children are very special to us, they’re like part of our extended family.”

She added: “Being a carer takes a special kind of person but it is so rewarding, I’d definitely recommend it.”

For more information on becoming a Share the Care short break carer, call 01454 866423 or email

Knight family with the Countess