Gap year charity Prince William and Kate used in Chile goes bankrupt as Covid cancellations mount

Raleigh International, the gap year charity that sent Prince William and Kate to volunteer in Chile as teenagers, goes bankrupt as Covid cancellations mount

  • UK foreign funding cuts, Ukraine war and cost of living crisis led to collapse
  • Its 47 employees have lost their jobs and future expeditions have been canceled
  • It is not yet clear if the volunteers who have paid thousands will receive their money back.

A hole The year of charity that sent Wills and Kate to work on projects in Chile in their teens has collapsed.

Raleigh International said its finances have been hit hard by the pandemic and travel rules.

Cuts in the UK’s foreign funding, the war in Ukraine and the cost of living crisis also hurt its fundraising ability.

Its 47 employees have lost their jobs and future expeditions have been cancelled, even for volunteers who have already paid thousands to go. It is unclear if they will get the money back.

A gap year charity that sent Wills and Kate (pictured) to work on projects in Chile when they were teenagers has collapsed

Raleigh International said its finances have been hit hard by the pandemic and travel rules.  Prince William photographed varnishing the exterior of the local radio station in the town of Tortel, in southern Chile.

A gap year charity that sent Wills and Kate to work on projects in Chile when they were teenagers has collapsed. Raleigh International said its finances have been hit hard by the pandemic and travel rules.

The charity was founded in 1978 and provides tens of thousands of young people with “life-changing” opportunities to work abroad on ten-week health, education and construction projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Before meeting Prince William at the University of St Andrews in 2001, 19-year-old Kate Middleton embarked on a Raleigh project in Chile.

Coincidentally, 18-year-old William also volunteered for the charity, flying to Chile just weeks before his future wife.

Raleigh International ceased operations Thursday and is entering voluntary liquidation.

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