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Prince William makes surprise visit to homeless shelter

Prince William has been helping out with the national Lockdown effort, making a surprise visit to a homeless charity in London.

Homeless charity The Passage announced that the Duke of Cambridge visited their centre on three separate occasions before Christmas, where he helped pack food and spoke to homeless residents.

The Duke worked alongside a team of volunteers to prepare hot meals for individuals who had recently been moved off the streets and into emergency hotel accommodation. He also spoke to homeless residents about their experiences.

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the charity has managed to serve 70,000 meals to those in need during the two national lockdowns in April and November.

The Passage Chief Executive Mick Clarke said:

This year, more than ever, our army of volunteers have enabled The Passage to keep our vital services running throughout both lockdowns and the time in-between.

From our emergency food hub to fundraising, outreach to essential office support, our Home for Good programme to our residential projects, we are extremely fortunate to have such a versatile and committed group of supporters.

The charity hopes the Royal visit will provide a much needed publicity boost, as an organisation representing London councils warned of the highest levels of homelessness in 15 years just before Christmas.

Figures from London Councils showed that almost 90,000 children in the Capital were due to spend Christmas in temporary accommodation.

The Passage was one of more than 60 charities to benefit from a £1m boost in December, following a generous donation by billionaire philanthropists Julia and Hans Rausing.

Photo by The Passage