Sophie Wessex named as first patron of ChildLine

Georgina Lock

HRH The Countess of Wessex has become the first patron of ChildLine.

ChildLine's founder, Esther Rantzen, said: "She has shown great insight and understanding of our work, and a real commitment to the welfare of children.

"We are sure her patronage will be invaluable in supporting and furthering the vital work that we do."

In her first engagement as patron, the countess presented the charity's new Patron Awards to committed ChildLine supporters at an event held at the BT Tower last week.

Winners included: model Caprice Bourret, who helped raise £220,000 last year; Pam Goddard, a volunteer fundraiser who invented the Pedal Push event for toddlers to raise money through tricycle rides; and Fiona Bruce, who was one of the first ChildLine Ambassadors.

The countess supports a number of other charities, including Wessex Heartbeat, Vision 20:20, the Right to Sight and the Haven Trust.

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