Today I discovered that The Duchess of Cambridge (nee Kate Middleton) narrowed down her selection of 4 charities to include an art therapy program in the UK, inspired after visiting an art therapy suite in a Montreal hospital.
Despite protests outside, Kate and William were all smiles as they arrived at Montreal's Sainte-Justine University Hospital. They visited a 10-year-old kidney transplant patient in the art therapy suite.
We are delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became Royal Patron of The Art Room on 5 January 2012.
Director and Founder Juli Beattie said, “On behalf of all of our Trustees and staff and the children and young people we support, I want to thank the Duchess for choosing The Art Room. It is a fantastic endorsement of the work we do and the role that art and creativity can play in helping children and young people whose start in life has been difficult.”
Click here to read more about The Art Room and the Duchess' Patronage.
is greeted by dozens of cheering children as she arrives at The Art Room charity
, which uses art therapy to tackle issues such as low self-esteem and Asperger syndrome in young people.
The Duchess who became patron of The Art Room in the new year, met staff from Rose Hill Primary School, Oxford.
Also waiting to greet her was Mark Thompson, director-general of the BBC and a trustee of The Art Room.
Juli Beattie, founder and director of the charity, which celebrates its 10th anniversary next month, said the organisation had been “absolutely overwhelmed” by the Duchess’s decision to support it.
She said: “The Duchess is a highly-intelligent young woman who wants to make a difference. We wrote a letter asking for her support, but she had already done her own research into art therapy before that.”