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Royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton could be new patron of Whitton-based charity Changez
A new charity hoping to one day become as big as the NHS for alternative therapy could soon be given a helping hand by Kate Middleton.
Prince William’s fiancee is considering becoming patron of Changez, based in Powder Mill Road, Whitton, which offers counselling services to people who could otherwise not afford them.
Joint founder of the charity, Kate Hudson Hall, contacted Clarence House inviting the soon-to-be princess to join the likes of Twickenham MP Vince Cable by becoming a patron of Changez.
She received a reply on Saturday morning which said Miss Middleton was considering the role.
Ms Hudson-Hall said: “I am very excited. The letter said she was considering us as a charity to support.
“I am hopeful.”
The charity was set up by trained hypnotherapists Ms Hudson Hall and Alan Piper last June after finding themselves with requests from clients wanting treatment but unable to meet the costs.
After a year of research and preparation, the pair opened the charity in Whitton with the aim of offering confidential and impartial support for people experiencing feelings of distress or suffering trauma. The service is offered in return for a small donation from those who wish to donate.
They intend the charity to become a one-stop shop for people in need of alternative therapy - offering counselling, clinical hypnotherapy and complementary and alternative medicine services - with branches across the country.
Ms Hudson Hall said: “I want it to be as big as the NHS for alternative therapy. These past few weeks we have had so many calls from around the country.”
Mr Piper said: “We have it all under one roof.”
He added the service meant people would not have to wait lengthy periods of time for counselling through the NHS or fork out “significant” costs by going private.
A spokeswoman from Clarence House said it was too early to say which charities Miss Middleton would give her patronage to but added she would play a full and active role as a member of the Royal family.
A ball is being held by the charity in Twickenham on February 5 to mark the official launch of the charity, which is due to be attended by Dr Cable. For more information visit changez.me.uk.