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The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates Place2Be's 25th Birthday

Catherine Middleton hosts reception at Buckingham Palace
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To celebrate one of her first patronages 25th birthday, the Duchess of Cambridge hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for Place2Be. The mental health charity was founded in 1994 and has worked with over 250,000 children offering practical mental health support in schools across the United Kingdom.

Catherine became patron of the charity in 2013 and has visited several of their schools as well as championing several of their initiatives and programs. The Duchess was joined at the reception by Place2Be staff and volunteers as well as some school children who have utilized their services. It is the first solo reception that Catherine has held at Buckingham Palace since becoming a working royal.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Place2Be students
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Speaking at the reception, the Duchess of Cambridge praised the charity for providing services that go far beyond just being there during a time of need. Over a quarter of the students they help have a special education or additional support needs. Nearly half of the students have free school meals and nearly 10% are subject to a child protection plan. Having proper resources for children who are having mental health difficulties allow them to better process and cope with emotions such as sadness or anger, making them more productive adults.

It is estimated by Pro Bono Economics that every £1 invested in Place2Be's counselling services has the potential to return £6.20 by improving outcomes for each child. Catherine has long been an advocate for both early years and mental health and the studies support that when children are given a safe, nurturing and healthy environment in their early years, there are lifelong impacts.

Happy 25th Birthday to Place2Be! If you are interested in donating, please click here.

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