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The Who's Roger Daltrey attended the launch of a new charity job centre in the UK last week that caters for people with learning difficulties.

The RD Crusaders WorkHub has been set up by Norwood, a charity that supports thousands of people with learning disabilities.

The launch follows a fundraising drive that began two years ago, when Daltrey’s star-studded supergroup, The RD Crusaders, played a concert in Old Billingsgate Market to an audience that included Sarah Ferguson and Elizabeth Hurley. Formed in 2003 by Daltrey and newspaper publisher and Norwood president Richard Desmond, the RD Crusaders consists of band members such as Elkie Brooks, Lulu, Russ Ballard of Argent (who was also at the launch), Rick Wills, Steve Smith and a number of others who join for special gigs – including Gary Moore, Robert Plant Gary Brooker and more. The band has raised millions of dollars for charities such as the Teenage Cancer Trust, the Evelina Children’s Hospital appeal and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

“Community charities like this are so terribly underfunded,” said Daltrey. “This charity is incredible because it reminds us that everyone deserves the chance to live life to its fullest potential.”

“You’ve got to come out and see where the money is spent and see how you are affecting people’s lives for the better,” added Richard Desmond. "Being here, I already feel more inspired and motivated. “Imagine how it feels not having a job or a chance in life? This ­centre is changing lives.”

Find out more about Norwood and the WorkHub here.

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