We are delighted to announce that Sophie, Lady Frederick Windsor, has kindly agreed to become our first female and Royal Patron. In her professional life as an actress, Sophie is known by her maiden name Sophie Winkleman and says:
“I’m proud to be the new Patron of the truly brilliant charity, School-Home Support. Social mobility is very close to my heart, but disadvantaged children face tremendous barriers that stop them thriving in education.
“If a child is experiencing issues of poverty, housing, hunger, abuse, mental ill-health etc… they are not going into the classroom on a level playing field with their peers. And on the other side, families facing those issues can’t always make education a priority when it’s hard enough keeping their child safe and healthy.
“SHS provides holistic whole-family support to get children in school and ready to learn – whatever it takes. Their work is intensive, but it can transform lives for life. I wish SHS was in every school in England! I’m very excited about the work I’m doing with them.”
Sophie also spoke about SHS in today’s Sunday Times – which is now available online.
Jaine Stannard, CEO of School-Home Support, says: “Having Lady Sophie Windsor as a Patron means a lot to SHS. When you meet Sophie, you know straight away that she gets what the issues are and that she understands education is the key to social mobility. We are very much looking forward to working together to reach, support and transform the life chances of even more children and their families.”
Sophie joins our two other patrons: HM Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa, and former Arsenal and England football captain, Tony Adams MBE.