Prince William did not need to travel far for tonight’s event as he attended the 2018 Centrepoint Awards at Kensington Palace.
William has been Patron of Centrepoint since 2005.
Centrepoint supports homeless 16-25 year-olds to find work, combat mental and physical issues they may face, as well as procure a safe place to stay. Over 9,200 homeless young people are helped by Centrepoint each year in London, Manchester, Sunderland and Yorkshire, and by partner charities throughout the United Kingdom.
Now in their third year, the awards commemorate the courage exhibited by young people in transforming their lives after experiencing homelessness. The awards highlight the influence of the charity’s broader work, which grants youth with support with mental or physical health issues as well as gaining employment or working on furthering their education.
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This evenings event saw seven young people recognised their achievements in education, sport and personal growth.
The Duke of Cambridge presented the winners with their awards during the ceremony as well as delivered a speech about Centrepoint’s ongoing work with young people, who are overlooked on many occasions.
In his speech this evening, William noted how proud he was of the charities work but noted that he had some: “disappointment and frustration – frustration that in one of the most prosperous countries in the world homelessness is still putting the lives and futures of our young people at risk.”
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