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PRINCE WILLIAM: CHARITIES AND PATRONAGES

Although Prince William is currently focusing on his military career he wants to show his support for a few organisations that reflect issues he cares about both in the UK and abroad.

Prince William is Patron or President of seven organisations: Centrepoint, a charity for homeless young people; The Tusk Trust, a conservation charity for Africa based in the UK; The Football Association, the governing body of English football; The Welsh Rugby Union (Vice-Patron); The Royal Marsden Hospital.; Mountain Rescue (England and Wales); and the English School's Swimming Association (ESSA).

In September 2005, Prince William became Patron of Centrepoint, the UK's leading homelessness charity. This was the Prince's first Patronage and reflects his long-standing interest in homelessness and the people affected by it.  His mother Diana, Princess of Wales was Patron of the charity.

In May 2007, Prince William became President of the Royal Marsden Hospital, a position previously held by Diana, Princess of Wales.

The Prince has visited the hospital, most recently in December 2005, when he undertook two days work experience in the Children's Unit. Prince William helped out in a variety of departments, including medical research, catering, and fund-raising, as well as visiting a number of wards including children's units.

Also in May 2007, Prince William became Patron of Mountain Rescue England and Wales and The English Schools' Swimming Association.  These patronages reflect William's interest in youth sport and, in his own words, his desire to "highlight and celebrate the vital, selfless and courageous work of our mountain rescue organisations".  Prince William spent two weeks working with a mountain rescue team in North Wales in 2005. 

In December 2005, Prince William became Patron of the Tusk Trust, a conservation charity based in the UK which aims to secure a peaceful coexistence for Africa's wildlife and its people.  Prince William was impressed by the work of the charity after seeing it first-hand during a visit to Africa.

On 16 September 2005, Prince William became President-Designate of The Football Association, the governing body of English football.

He took over from his uncle, The Duke of York, as President of The FA in May 2006 on the day of the FA Cup Final held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.  He presented the 2006 FA Cup to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Like his brother Prince Harry, Prince William is a keen sportsman.  He played for his house football team at Eton and for Sunday league teams during his four years at St Andrews University.  He is an Aston Villa supporter.

On 28 October 2005, Prince William visited the training ground of Charlton Athletic Football Club to join children participating in a community football programme and to train with the team.  He expressed his wish to get more kids involved with football.

On 1 June 2006, Prince William visited the England squad in Manchester in his capacity as President of The Football Association and on 10th June, he attended England's first World Cup match in Frankfurt, Germany.

Prince William has also shown his support for other charitable causes.  On 8 July 2006 Prince William joined fellow cadets and officers at Sandhurst in running a mile to support the charity Sport Relief.  Prince William also ran a mile for Sport Relief in 2004 along London's Embankment with a team from Clarence House.

In January 2005, Prince William and Prince Harry volunteered at a British Red Cross aid distribution centre and helped to pack emergency supplies for countries that were affected by the tsunami disaster on Boxing Day 2004.

You can visit the websites related to these charities using the links in the bottom right-hand corner of this page.

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