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Duchess of Cambridge hosts Place2Be awards at Kensington Palace

The Duchess of Cambridge tonight hosted an awards ceremony for Place2Be at Kensington Palace.

Held just around the corner from The Duchess’s own home in Apartment 1A, the night’s events began in the King’s Gallery, where Kate met Place2Be’s President, Benita Refson.

Catherine has been a patron of the mental health charity since 2013, and tonight handed out ‘Wellbeing in Schools’ awards, the first of its kind for the charity.

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The awards were designed to celebrate the commitment to improving the mental health and all-round wellbeing of schools. This is the first year that the awards have been handed out, and it is hoped they will recognise the work of school staff, parents and children who go that one step further to assist the school community.

“These Awards give us the chance to thank and celebrate the achievements of our volunteers, our staff, head teachers, parents, school colleagues and, of course, most importantly, the children and young people themselves.” says Catherine Roche, CEO.

There are 230 Place2Be partner schools, supporting 90,000 children in the British Isles, and the awards were exclusively for these schools.

Catherine met the finalists of each category, 20 in total for seven awards, including Bailey Dunne from Sunderland. The 11-year-old was once a quiet boy but now he demonstrates confidence and determination. The youngster was nominated and won ‘Pupil of the Year’ award for overall progress after giving assemblies in his school on the importance of looking after yourself. Royal Central reported on his trip to London here.

His nominator said: ‘Bailey has taught his peers that it is okay to be individual and that you don’t always need to follow the crowd to be successful and popular.’

Bailey Dunne recevies his award from Kate

Bailey Dunne receives his award from Kate

The Duchess finally presented the finalists with certificates and handed out the ‘Child/Young Person Champion Award’, to a youngster who has overcome their own struggles and gone on to help others.

Pictures: with thanks to @QueenVicMurphy

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