The Duke of Cambridge became our Royal Patron in February 2019.
The Duke first visited The Passage in 1993 as a young child with his mother Diana, Princess of Wales. Since then he visited us many times, both publicly, but also privately so that he can get to know the people that The Passage helps. Most recently, The Duke visited with cookery legend Mary Berry as part of a special BBC Christmas programme and in December 2018 he bought his wife, The Duchess of Cambridge, to meet clients, volunteers and staff.
During his visits, The Duke particularly enjoys meeting our clients, listening to their stories and learning about the challenges of being street homeless. During the official launch of his patronage, The Duke spent time in The Passage kitchen, preparing and serving lunch for 150 people. Over the years he has spent many hours chatting with clients who have moved into their own accommodation, found work or training and addressed their mental and physical health needs with the support of staff and volunteers from The Passage.
Speaking at The Passage in 2016, The Duke said:
“The visits I made as a child to this place left a deep and lasting impression upon me – about how important it is to ensure that everyone in our society, especially the poorest, are treated with respect, dignity and kindness, and are given the opportunities to fulfil their potential in life.”