Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PRINCE ANSWERS CALLS FOR HELP; ?William Mans the Phones to Launch Centrepoint Helpline for Young Homeless PM: Launch Is a Big Step Forward in the Fight against This Scourge

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

PRINCE ANSWERS CALLS FOR HELP; ?William Mans the Phones to Launch Centrepoint Helpline for Young Homeless PM: Launch Is a Big Step Forward in the Fight against This Scourge

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Byline: Matt Watts and Ed Cumming

PRINCE WILLIAM today launched the Centrepoint Helpline as it was hailed a "major step" towards ending youth homelessness.

He joined Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev at the service's central London HQ, listening in to one of the first calls and chatting to staff and volunteers.

The helpline the first national Freephone service for 16 to 25-year-olds facing homelessness is a reality thanks to Evening Standard readers. Our Young and Homeless Helpline appeal, run alongside The Independent and the i newspaper, has raised PS3.25 million to fund the service.

Mr Lebedev said: "I'm delighted to have launched the helpline with the Duke of Cambridge today. It was his call to arms in November that spurred us on to launch the campaign.

"Youth homelessness is an unacceptable blight in modern Britain. The helpline will save lives and rescue countless more from vulnerable and perilous situations.

"None of it would have been possible without the hard work of hundreds of people behind the scenes Centrepoint, Continued on Page 6 Continued from Page 1 Standard staff, as well as the thousands of readers who have given so generously so I'd like to thank them." Calling for action in November, William wrote a letter to Standard readers saying: "When a young person's life falls apart they have nowhere to go. This is why we are launching the Centrepoint Helpline. [It] will provide the information and support young people need before they become homeless.

"Over the past decade I have met hundreds of courageous and inspiring young people trying to escape homelessness. Unfortunately their courage alone is not enough."

The prince has thanked readers for their "incredible" support during the appeal. At the launch today he met staff from Centrepoint and from The Mix, the partner charity that will help deliver the helpline. …

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