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Kate and children’s mental health


Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge has been moved by the story of a recovering alcoholic mother who has turned her life around with help from a charity of which Kate is the patron.

Anna Elston, 43, told how her three young sons were taken into care at the height of her drinking more than eight years ago but today she trains volunteers to give empowering talks to teenagers.

Kate met Ms Elston when she gave an inspiring speech about her life story, the day after she and fellow graduates received their foundation or degree certificates in addiction counselling.

They had studied at the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies in Warminster, Wiltshire, run by the charity Action on Addiction which has the Duchess as its patron.

Ms Elston works as a co-ordinator for the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s resilience programme in Bournemouth – a drug and alcohol awareness and prevention initiative for secondary schools.

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