Bedding down outdoors is good cause, says royal
Published: 13 November 2009
An outdoor sleeping initiative which casts off bed linen and duvet covers was in full swing last night, with one particularly well-loved royal backing the scheme.A homeless charity with a royal supporter has been publicly backed by the patron themselves, highlighting the good work of a recent charity initiative.
Prince William, one of the ladies' favourite members of the Royal Family, spoke up for the City bosses and celebrities who dumped their bedding and Egyptian cotton for the cold hard floor of London to raise around £500 each for Centrepoint.
Former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon and Lisa Maxwell, the host of Loose Women, joined employees from major London firms including Drivers Jonas and Chartered Bank.
Prince William, who is a patron of the charity, said: "Young men and women are driven to homelessness for all sorts of reasons, and the support that Centrepoint offers can be life-saving and life-changing," said Prince William in a statement to the press this week.
"The more people who understand the devastation inflicted on young lives by homelessness, the more Centrepoint can do to support those same young people."
Centrepoint's Big Sleep Out event was held at Old Spitalfields Market, which is known as one of London's premier alternative shopping experiences and is based near Liverpool Street station.
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