On October 27th, we were delighted to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge to Chance UK, hosted at Islington Town Hall. The Duchess of Cambridge has a particular interest in early intervention programmes, which provide specialist support to children and families at the earliest opportunity, to prevent the development of more serious problems in the future.
During this engagement, The Duchess gained an overview of our work by meeting a selection of children enrolled on the Chance UK programme, along with their parents and mentors. Her Royal Highness also attended a reception celebrating the work of the charity and met some of Chance UK’s staff and supporters.
One of the guests at the reception was Kessington Ladipo. He completed the Chance UK programme when he was 11 and now, at 21, is studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Goldsmiths, University of London, while on a sabbatical from HM Treasury. Kessington told Her Royal Highness “Chance UK has had an enormous impact on my life, they helped me build a strong foundation, they invested time and because of that I have been able to come this far and I plan on taking my life even further.”
Find out more about Kessington in The Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/11612830/From-knife-gangs-to-a-job-at-the-Treasury-how-Chance-UK-turned-my-life-around.html
Chance UK’s Chief Executive, Gracia McGrath OBE, said: “Chance UK was delighted to introduce the Duchess of Cambridge to its work and it is wonderful to have such a high-profile and committed supporter of early intervention.”