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Kate chooses five charities ahead of milestone birthday

05 JANUARY 2012

"She loves music and the arts," say those who come into contact with her.

So it's not surprising creative endeavours feature highly in the list of charities that the Duchess of Cambridge has given her backing in time for her 30th birthday.

After extensive personal research and visits to NGOs around the country, Kate, a graduate in the History of Art, has picked four for which she will act as patron.

 

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Among these are the Art Room, set up in 2002, to offer art as therapy to children aged between five and 16, using art to raise their self esteem, confidence and independence.

And the new royal, who was the photographer at her parents' business Party Pieces, has thrown her weight behind the National Portrait Gallery, which she visited in September.

Highlighting her connection with Cambridge, Prince William's wife will also support East Anglia's Children's Hospice, which helps families and cares for children with life-threatening conditions.

These issues have touched her personally. Kate lost her childhood friend Tom Waley-Cohen, a fellow pupil at Marlborough College, who died aged 20 from cancer.

 

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She has kept in touch with his family for years, even helping raise money for the foundation founded in his name.

In 2008 she was famously pictured falling over at a roller charity disco in aid of Tom's Ward, a unit at Oxford Children's Hospital.

Action on Addiction, a charity focused on helping addicts and their children, is another of her chosen causes.

Chief Executive, Nick Barton, says her "support will enable us to keep the issue of addiction in the spotlight".

He added: "Addiction is a consuming condition that results in a great deal of harm to individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. "

 

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Finally, Kate has made plans to become a volunteer with the Scout Association in North Wales, where she and her search and rescue pilot husband are based.

"She is a big hill-walker and does a lot of outdoor pursuits. So, she might teach them how to pack a rucksack, how to put a tent up, cooking in a camp situation," Simon Carter, a spokesman for the Scouts.

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