The Duke of Cambridge has today become Royal Patron of The Passage.
The patronage was announced ahead of His Royal Highness’ visit to The Passage’s St Vincent’s Centre in Westminster.
During the visit, The Duke took part in a lunch shift with a group of kitchen volunteers, preparing and serving food. He then met clients to discuss some of the challenges relating to rough sleeping, including people participating in The Passage’s award-winning homelessness prevention scheme Home for Good, which supports homeless people sustain their accommodation once off the streets.
Demand for The Passage’s services has increased by almost 50 percent since last year, with over 3,200 rough sleepers accessing The Passage Resource Centre in the past 12 months. The centre is the largest of its kind in the UK, used by up to 150 clients daily.
The Duke has visited The Passage over many years, firstly as a young child with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales, and most recently in December 2018 with The Duchess of Cambridge.
Mick Clarke, Chief Executive of The Passage said:
“During His Royal Highness’ visits to The Passage, it has been very clear that he has a deep concern for those affected by homelessness and a real interest in our work. For His Royal Highness to further express his support for The Passage’s work by becoming our Royal Patron is a tremendous honour, and a testament to how much he genuinely cares about this issue.”