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Duchess of Cambridge becomes patron of four charities

By Sophie Hudson, Third Sector Online, 5 January 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge

Action on Addiction, East Anglia's Children's Hospices, The Art Room and the National Portrait Gallery will benefit

The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted honorary positions at four charities and will volunteer for one other, St James’s Palace has announced.

She will become patron of Action on Addiction, royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, royal patron of The Art Room and patron of the National Portrait Gallery.

For more information on all four charities, click here.

A statement from St James’s Palace said the duchess would also volunteer for the Scout Association and give time privately with groups in north Wales and "elsewhere as opportunity arises". She will volunteer mainly with younger members of the scout movement as an "occasional helper".

All five of the charities will also be invited to join the Princes’ Charities Forum, which was set up by the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2006 to bring together their charitable interests. This will consist of 32 organisations once the charities supported by the duchess are included.

The statement said the duchess had chosen to support causes that complemented the charitable work already undertaken by the Duke of Cambridge.

"The duchess’s first patronages and her volunteer position reflect Her Royal Highness’s personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity and supporting people who are in need, of all ages, especially young children," it says.

Over the coming months the duchess will make private and public visits to all of the organisations of which she is patron or royal patron.

Nick Barton, chief executive of Action on Addiction, said it was a great honour that the duchess had decided to become a patron.

"So much negativity surrounds addiction, but the duchess’s support sheds a positive light and makes it an important and acceptable cause," he said. "It encourages us and gives us hope of being able to increase our contribution to disarming addiction."

Graham Butland, chief executive of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, said: "The duchess’s support will help us to increase the awareness and understanding of the full range of services we offer children and families, and really celebrates the great work being done by all children’s hospices across the UK."

Bel Crewe, business director at The Art Room, said it was absolutely thrilled the duchess had chosen it. "With her endorsement, we hope we will be able to reach more young people and open more art rooms," she said.

A statement from the National Portrait Gallery said it hoped the association with the duchess would help it continue to reach wider audiences.

"Over the years ahead we expect the duchess to mix private and public visits to the National Portrait Gallery as this fits with her interests and her schedule," it said.

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