Royal couple ask for charity donations in place of wedding gifts

Prince William and Kate Middleton reveal list of 26 charities that will benefit from their new charitable gift fund

Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William and Kate Middleton

A total of 26 charities will be beneficiaries of a charitable gift fund to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

A statement from St James's Palace said the pair had asked that "anyone who might wish to give them a wedding gift consider giving instead to a charitable fund".

The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund will back charities working in five cause areas chosen by the couple: conservation for future generations; support for service personnel and their families; children fulfilling their potential; help and care at home; and changing lives through art and sport.

"Many of the charities are little known, without existing royal patronage, and undertake excellent work within specific communities," the statement said. "They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton, and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date."

Emma-Jane Cross, chief executive of Beatbullying, which will benefit from the fund, said: "We hope this partnership will help Beatbullying's message resonate worldwide – that we all need to protect our children and young people, who are often the most vulnerable in society."

Lizzie Chambers, chief executive of the Association of Children's Palliative Care, which is also on the list, said: "Prince William and Miss Middleton have provided us with a precious opportunity to raise awareness of the needs of the 24,000 children and families in the UK living day to day with palliative care needs and facing the uncertainty of a premature death."

The causes and charities that will be supported by the fund are:

  • A National Voice
  • Army Widows' Association
  • Association for Children's Palliative Care
  • Beatbullying
  • Combat Stress
  • Community Foundation in Berkshire
  • Community Foundation in Scotland
  • Community Foundation in Wales
  • Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Dance United
  • EarthWatch
  • Greenhouse Schools
  • Household Cavalry Benevolent Fund
  • IntoUniversity
  • Irish Guards Appeal
  • Keyfund
  • New Zealand Government's Christchurch Earthquake Appeal
  • Ocean Youth Trust
  • Oily Cart
  • Peace Players
  • Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund
  • Royal Flying Doctor Service – Australia
  • The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Venture Trust
  • Youth Access
  • ZSL

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