The Duchess of Cambridge Visits Action on Addiction’s Hope House

  February 22, 2013 at 3:24 am by

The Duchess of Cambridge returned to her official duties with a visit to Hope House, a residential treatment centre run by Action for Addiction, in Clapham. This was the Duchess’s second visit to the charity; her first was a private trip she made to learn more about the charity before becoming its Patron.

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Catherine was greeted by dozens of photographers and journalists upon her arrival, all eager to see the pregnant Duchess’s first official engagement of the year.

While in the centre, the Duchess spoke to a group of women recovering from drink and drug addiction. During the conversation, she admitted to being nervous about the prospect of becoming a first-time mother. The Duchess also spent time with an arts therapy group where former addicts had completed paintings charting their battle with substance abuse.

Action for Addiction’s Nick Barton described the Duchess as an “intelligent” woman genuinely interested in the work of the Action on Addiction organization.

Hope House provides therapy for the women, who will have gone through a process of detox and are clean of alcohol and drugs but still need support before they are ready to return home.

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