The Duchess of Cambridge's chosen charities

The activities of the National Portrait Gallery, Action on Addiction, East Anglia's Children's Hospices, the Art Room, and the Scout Association

The National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery

St James’s Palace has announced the four charities of which the Duchess of Cambridge will become patron or royal patron, and one other for which she will volunteer.

A statement from the palace said the duchess’s choices reflected her "personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity and supporting people who are in need of all ages, especially young children".

The four charities the duchess will act as a patron for are:

National Portrait Gallery The gallery holds 11,300 portraits of the most famous people in British history by artists including Holbein and Hockney. It is the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. These are displayed in London and a number of other locations around the UK. The work includes paintings, sculptures, photography and video. The gallery's income to March 2011 was £14.2m.

Action on Addiction The charity works to free people from addiction through research, prevention and treatment, and supports their families. It was formed in 2007 through the merger of three charities and had an income of £6.9m in 2010/11. It has treatment centres in London, Wiltshire, Bournemouth and Liverpool and has 139 employees.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices The charity delivers care and support to children with life-threatening conditions and their families in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. It has three hospices and employs about 200 staff. It offers services including short-break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy, parent and sibling groups, care at end of life and bereavement support for family members. It had an income of £11m in 2010/11.

The Art Room The charity works with children who are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn to increase their self-confidence through art. It currently works in Oxford and north London, teaching children life skills while encouraging them to engage with each other. Its income in the year ending July 2010 was nearly £415,000.

The duchess will also volunteer for the Scout Association, which provides adventurous activities for 400,000 young people throughout the UK. The beaver scout colonies and cub scout packs with which the duchess will primarily volunteer cater for young people between six and 10 years old. The Queen is patron of the Scout Association, the Duke of Kent is its president and Bear Grylls in the Chief Scout.

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