The Duchess of Cambridge takes virtual tour of addiction charity during lockdown in her role as patron of Action on Addiction

Ciara McGinley
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In her role as patron of Action on Addiction, the Duchess of Cambridge recently took a virtual tour of Clouds House, a rehab centre in Wiltshire run by the charity.

In a video call from her home, Kate joined staff to talk about how the treatment centre had adapted their services in light of the pandemic, as well as discussing the importance of those struggling with addiction reaching out to the charity right now.

The Duchess also spoke with former Clouds clients about how they are finding the aftercare programme.

A video of the tour was posted to the Kensington Palace Instagram account with the caption: "The Duchess of Cambridge goes on a virtual tour! Starting in the atrium of Cloud's House, The Duchess toured the addiction treatment centre and dropped in on a group chat with current clients to see how they have been doing throughout the lockdown period. Visit the Royal Family YouTube page to see more as The Duchess, Patron of @ActiononAddiction, spoke with the amazing staff of Cloud's House, and those accessing the online Clouds aftercare service."

In an extended version of the video posted to the Kensington Palace Youtube account, Kate urged those struggling with addiction to seek help during lockdown.

Kate said: "The worrying thing is, it is all those people who aren't necessarily reaching out who are struggling, who perhaps don't feel they can reach out.

"Or the fact that maybe they haven't realised that addictive behaviours have sort of established, particularly if it's the first time - and it's those people who aren't necessarily being vocal about it.

"It's making sure that they know they can reach out and that you are there to help and support them in this very difficult time."

Kate last visited the rehab centre in her role as patron of the charity in 2012 and told staff she hopes to visit again soon once the UK lockdown is over and it is safe to do so.

For more information on how Action on Addiction can help, visit the website here.

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