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Ten years of William & Kate: A charitable fundraiser

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Wedding
Defence Images/Crown Copyright/SAC Gareth Little

Ten years ago this week, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were married on a beautiful, sunny spring day in front of their closest family and friends .. and the world’s most prestigious world leaders – 1200 to be exact. Many wondered what to buy this lovely couple to celebrate the special occasion. In lieu of gifts, the young couple requested that donations be made to 26 different charities close to both of their hearts. Some of these charities included: Peace Players, Oily Cart, and Beat Bullying. As the bells rang at Westminster Abbey, so too did the bells of charity. Reports estimate that the royal couple’s Royal Wedding Charitable Gift Fund made approximately $1.7 million.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, a charitable fundraiser has been initiated. The benefiting charity: Baby Basics UK. As part of Catherine’s Early Years Initiative, Baby Basics UK is “a growing network of centres across the UK working to provide practical support to families in need.”

This campaign, which originated on Twitter, was created by @katesrangers and supports Baby Basics UK. A link to an Amazon UK wishlist for the charity has been made. Anyone who wishes can purchase essential baby items that will be delivered directly to Baby Basics UK and then distributed as needed. I spoke with the lovely team at Kate’s Rangers, and items had to be added to the wishlist in just 15 hours because of the quick support of this campaign.

As a resident of the United States, I chose to donate to a local charity in honour of the Duke and Duchess. In today’s world, we can all stand to make a difference. I encourage you each to do something this week to make a difference.