Kate supports a number of charities which help children, adults and animals in the UK and around the world.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) does amazing work to preserve vital habitat for wetland birds all over the world.
There are a number of WWT centres around Britain, including the London Wetlands Centre; Martin Mere in Lancashire, where Bill Oddie and Kate spent many a happy hour for Autumnwatch; and Slimbridge, which is close to the Humble by Nature farm. These WWT centres are great places for people of any age to learn about and see some of the world’s most spectacular birds.
Farms for City Children is an education charity founded by Michael and Clare Morpurgo in 1976. Kate is delighted to support this charity and be their Vice President.
Each year, the charity offers over 3,200 children a week of muck and magic at one of their three farms. A week-long stay at one of our farms inspires children to get stuck in and enjoy all that the countryside has to offer them—from sunshine and fresh air, right through to mud and manure! But it is in amongst the muck (come rain or shine) that the magic really happens.
Out of the normal classroom environment and away from the inner city life that is everyday normality for these children they are encouraged to try new things, broaden their horizons and overcome their fears. For so many of the visiting children a garden, rolling hills and real live animals are the kind of things they see on the TV. But on the farm they have it all to experience! As a result of a hardworking and very fun week’s work, children discover new confidence and independence. And as they work together, talk and value one another for what they can achieve, their self esteem blossoms.
Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to detect the odour of human disease. It is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases.
The charity has two arms, bio detection dogs and medical alert assistance dogs. The bio detection dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in urine, breath and sweat swabs. The medical alert assistance dogs are trained to detect minute changes in the odour of an individual with a long-term, life-threatening condition, like type 1 diabetes. The dog will alert its owner to an impending medical crisis so they can take action to prevent it and keep themselves safe.
Medical Detection Dogs receives no government funding and relies on kind donations from the public.
Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity caring for 15,000 dogs a year through its network of 21 rehoming centres in the UK and Ireland. The charity will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The Dogs Trust mission is to bring about the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.
For more information about how you can get involved with Dogs Trust, whether it’s adopting a dog, fundraising or volunteering, please visit www.dogstrust.org.uk.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. It champions the need for marine wildlife protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches.
MCS’ vision is for seas rich in wildlife, abundant fish stocks and pollution free beaches and bathing waters. They run all sorts of projects, from beach clean-ups to lobbying the government to support this vision.
Seasearch is a part of the MCS, Seasearch provides training for SCUBA divers who want to take part in monitoring Britain’s marine life.
Wildlife Vets International provides specialist veterinary expertise to support people working in wildlife conservation all over the world.
Many small, local conservation organisations find it hard to fund the often hugely specialist veterinary care they need. WVI provides vets, drugs and most crucially training to projects supporting some of the world’s most endangered wildlife, including the Sumatran Tiger and the Amur Leopard.
The Wild Camel Protection Foundation (WCPF) is the only environmental foundation in the world solely committed to saving the critically endangered wild camel from extinction in its pristine environment in the Gobi deserts of China and Mongolia.
WCPF develops, implements and sponsors environmental educational programmes, high-lighting locally and globally, the plight of this amazing animal.