The Duke of Cambridge found himself cast as David Beckham when he joined in a game of Who Am I? with a blue Post-it note emblazoned with the former England footballer’s name stuck to his forehead.
William, who is royal patron of the homelessness charity Centrepoint, met young people at a hostel in Northolt, west London, and soon guessed his identity in the game.
His game partner was Sherihan Sharif, a 22-year-old university student, who like others in the room has been supported by Centrepoint, and the famous name stuck to her head was the world’s fastest man over 100 metres, Olympic champion Usain Bolt.
The future King rattled off his questions to Sherihan, asking “Am I a male in show business?” followed by “Am I a sportsman?”, “Am I a famous footballer player?” and “Do I do other things apart from football?”and got to the answer within half a dozen goes.
The young people in the room were taking part in a presentation skills session as part of a Centrepoint Workwise programme, run to help get the formerly homeless prepare for job interviews. “Interviews are always daunting,” William said.
Next month the second in line to the throne, who was accompanied today by the charity’s chief executive Seyi Obakin, is expected to take the first call to Centrepoint’s new national helpline when it launches to support young rough sleepers wanting urgent advice.
The charity hopes to be able to reach some of the tens of thousands of young homeless people who contact local authorities each year.
Mr Obakin and William famously slept rough in 2009, bedding down in sleeping bags next to a group of wheelie bins around Blackfriars bridge in the capital in a public awareness event organised by the homeless charity.
The chief executive said: “Right now the biggest challenge that young people have is that they actually don’t know what to do when they’re homeless.
“That can mean that they start a downward spiral, which means before anyone actually reaches them to give them any kind of help, things have really gone awry.”
He described the helpline as a “prevention” scheme, adding: “We know that nationally 150,000 young people approach local authorities seeking help for homelessness every year. And we also know that a whole lot of them are turned away without any support at all.
“So one of the things the helpline is going to be able to do is these young people will be able to reach out to the helpline. I’m not saying we’re going to get 150,000 calls next month, but that’s the scale we’re talking about.”
Source : EXPRESS