St Giles Trust – a leading south London charity which helps offenders give up a life of crime – is celebrating Royal endorsement on hearing that His Royal Highness Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has become Patron of St Giles Trust for 2012.
2012 is also the charity’s 50th anniversary.
The Duke’s Patronage highlights his interest in affording people of all ages and stages of their lives – and especially those who feel disengaged or excluded from society – the opportunity to develop a sense of purpose and realize their true potential.
"We are honored and delighted that the Duke of Cambridge will be our patron for our important 50th anniversary year," Rob Owen, Chief Executive of St Giles Trust. “By supporting us, he is leading by example in helping some of the most excluded, disadvantaged people in society who really need support. We are very much looking forward to working with Prince William over the coming year.”
This will be the third generation of Royal endorsement St Giles Trust has enjoyed, with previous support from the Queen Mother who opened their original day centre in 1963 and HRH Prince Charles when he opened their premises in Camberwell in 1995. Although their work has evolved over the years, they remain an organisation supporting people who have fallen through the gaps in the state’s safety net.
The Prince previously visited the charity in March 2009 when he met clients and staff at the charity’s head office in Camberwell, South London.