Kate Middleton calls addiction a hugely complex and destructive disease in speech
on Wythenshawe estate visit
The school is used as a backdrop for Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless and suffered devastation shortly after Kate’s visit as announced when its new £40,000 playground was torched by vandals. But the community rallied round to clear up the playground and head teacher Ann Whitehead said they were “not going to let them beat us”. She added: “The response has been so overwhelming and restored my faith. “People just turned up out of nowhere to help clear the place up.”
She was accompanied by comedian John Bishop, a Comic Relief ambassador, and was greeted by hundreds of excited children cheering and waving the national flag of England in honour of St George’s Day. At the entrance she was met by Chloe Pomfret, 10, who presented a posy of roses, and school ‘executive dog’ King Charles Cavalier Henry who was wearing a glittering union flag bow.
She continued: “All too often, lives and families can be shattered by it. “Through my Patronage of Action on Addiction, I feel fortunate to have met a wide range of inspirational people who have overcome addiction. “But those who are addicted are not the only victims.
Launching the new counselling programme, she added: “My hope is that through this specialist and targeted delivery of care, these children will have the best possible start in life – the one that they deserve.”
Afterwards comedian and Comic Relief ambassador John Bishop gave a moving speech about the affect of addiction on young children but couldn’t resist opening with a wise crack about being a Liverpudlian in Manchester after their home team had won the Premier League for the 20h time.