The Duchess of Cornwall supports a number of charities as Patron or President.
Her Royal Highness’s charity work is varied but several themes prevail: health and well-being, promoting literacy, helping those in need, Cornwall-based charities, heritage and the arts, and animal welfare.
In recent years, Her Royal Highness has also been keen to raise the issue of sexual assault after speaking to women at a rape crisis centre in Croydon. The Duchess has achieved this through a number of low-key visits to centres that support survivors of rape and sexual assault.
The Duchess is also President of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, an innovative charity which has built a number of centres in the UK and abroad to provide a supportive and caring environment for people with cancer.
In June 2012, The Duchess became President of JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity. The Duchess visited a clinical research facility in Cambridge to learn about JDRF funded research to find the cure for type 1 diabetes. Her Royal Highness spent time with young people who have type 1 diabetes and talk to them about how they live with the condition.
In support of the charity and World Diabetes Day in November 2012, Clarence House was turned blue at night to raise awareness of the disease.
In addition, The Duchess of Cornwall is Patron of the following health-related charities: Arthritis Research UK, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, and four hospices.
An avid reader herself, Her Royal Highness is keen to promote the benefits of reading both to children and adults alike. She regularly reads aloud to children, and meets adult readers keen to improve their reading skills.
The Duchess is Patron of the National Literacy Trust, BookTrust, First Story and Beanstalk, all of which help to promote literacy in young people.
Helping those in need
The Duchess is Patron of Emmaus UK, a charity that provides homeless people with a home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive, community environment. The Duchess tries to visits an Emmaus community every Christmas.
The Duchess of Cornwall is President of the children's charity Barnardo’s. With 415 projects across the UK, Barnardo’s is a charity that supports children who have been affected by all kinds of issues, from drug misuse to disability, youth crime to mental health, sexual abuse to domestic violence and poverty to homelessness.
The Royal Voluntary Service (formerly known as WRVS) is a volunteer organisation that supports older people and their families across Britain. Volunteers can spend time with older people or offer them practical help such as helping with shopping or walking the dog. Her Royal Highness became President of the charity in 2012, and since then has attended a number of engagements with the charity. In January 2014, The Duchess hosted a reception at Lancaster House for Diamond Champions, a programme originally launched to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, which recognises the contribution of volunteers over the age of 60 to their local communities.
The Duchess’s personal interest in animals and their welfare is reflected in her patronages. With an enduring affection for horses and ponies, Her Royal Highness is Patron of The British Equestrian Foundation and President of the Brooke, a charity which operates worldwide providing free veterinary treatment for horses and donkeys, and advice for their owners on how to care for them.
The Duchess is also Patron of the Animal Care Trust (under the umbrella of The Royal Veterinary College) and the Langford Trust for Animal Health and Welfare, which is a charity that supports the University of Bristol Veterinary School to promote the practice, advancement and teaching of veterinary science.
In September 2014, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall became Joint Presidents of Elephant Family. The charity was founded in 2002 by The Duchess of Cornwall's late brother, Mark Shand, who dedicated his life to saving the Asian Elephants.
Her Royal Highness is Patron of charities specific to Cornwall such as the Cornwall Community Foundation, the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust and Children's Hospice South West.
In August 2007 The Duchess of Cornwall became President of ShelterBox, a registered UK charity based in Cornwall that provides emergency aid for victims of natural and other disasters anywhere in the world. Her Royal Highness first met workers for the charity during a visit to the earthquake-hit villages of Pakistan in November 2006 and was so impressed by the charity’s innovative disaster relief work that she has supported it ever since.
The Duchess began her role as the first official Patron of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust in 2011, and lends her support to fundraising activities. During a three day tour of Cornwall in July 2012, Her Royal Highness officially opened the charity's new operations facility and charity headquarters. During her visit, The Duchess met aircrew, volunteers, charity staff, trustees and local dignitaries.
Heritage and the Arts
Like The Prince of Wales, The Duchess takes a keen interest in heritage and is Patron of the Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, Ditchling Museum, the Fan Museum and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
The Duchess is a great supporter of the arts and regularly attends concerts and the theatre with The Prince of Wales. These are often fundraising events for charities with which Their Royal Highnesses are affiliated.
The Duchess is Patron of the London Chamber Orchestra, St Johns, Smith Square, the New Queen’s Hall Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Theatre Royal Bath.
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