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News ReleaseAir Products Receive Gateway to Royalty

May 06, 2008 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products was delighted to take part in a very special event at the National Trust’s Bodnant Garden on Friday 25 th April. HRH The Prince of Wales was visiting the Garden for the first time as part of a day-long tour of North-East Wales. As well as having a tour of the Garden the Prince joined a unique garden party at which the company was an invited guest of The Gateway Gardens Trust.

Through donations of both time and money, local industrial gas company Air Products have helped support the Gateway charity as they open up historic gardens to thousands of people in Wales. For instance, together they treated young cancer patients from local hospices to a special Chirk Castle visit.

After meeting the Prince and watching him plant a tree to mark the occasion, Laurence O’Donnell, General Manager Acrefair, Air Products, commented:

"We’re really proud of our involvement with the Gateway; they make such a valuable contribution to the Welsh community, which is something we saw personally in the reactions of hospice patients visiting Chirk Castle.

Being invited to meet the Prince on such a special occasion was a real honour for me personally but also for us as a company."

The event marked the start of 60 ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ garden visits taking place throughout 2008 to celebrate the Prince’s 60 th birthday recognising the work of charities of which he is Patron of and their supporters. It was held to mark the work of long-term volunteers and members of staff from the National Trust of which the Prince is President, recognising their fantastic contribution over many years.

Gateway Chairman, Bettina Harden MBE, said "The presence of the Prince of Wales at our inaugural Diamonds Are Forever visit was a dream come true for everyone involved. It meant that we were able to introduce His Royal Highness not only to the wonderful volunteers and long-term staff from the National Trust, but also to some of the most devoted sponsors and supporters of our work in Wales."
While the prince visited Bodnant Garden, he also met the National Trust’s Gateway visitors, Gateway staff, trustees and representatives from Denbigh and St Asaph-based Swayne Johnson Solicitors , another company that provides invaluable financial support for of the work of the Trust. 

Notes to Editors:

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $10 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 22,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

Air Products has a number of facilities in the area near to Wrexham. As well as the manufacturing facility at Acrefair, the company also has an Air Separation Unit at Ellesmere Port where plant operations, distribution and the European Maintenance team are based and, our UK Head Office is located in Crewe.

The Gateway Gardens Trust  
Registered Charity Number: 1100892

The Gateway Gardens Trust is a unique heritage-based charity enabling access to the beautiful historic parks and gardens of Wales and the West Midlands for those members of the community who, for so many reasons, find it difficult to access this essential part of Britain's historic environment: lack of money; lack of transport; lack of mobility; lack of confidence in their ability to get out and about. We create free, tailor-made visits to wonderful gardens in Wales and the West Midlands for education, respite and fun!

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