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Action on Addiction becomes benefitting charity for 100 Women in Hedge Funds in 2013

01 November 2012

Action on Addiction to benefit from Duchess of Cambridge’s new Patronage of 100 Women in Hedge Funds
Action on Addiction is to become the charity of the year in 2013 for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge’s new Patronage, 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Philanthropic Initiatives (100WFH).
From today, The Duchess, who along with Prince Harry will become a Patron of the global, non-profit organisation, will join The Duke of Cambridge, who is already a Patron.
Mimi Drake, Global Chair of the Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, and President of Permit Capital Advisors, said, “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with The Duke of Cambridge to include The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. We share a common passion for charities in the areas of education, mentoring and family health. To date, our partnership has significantly impacted the charities we have supported and we look forward to building upon that success.”
Nick Barton, Chief Executive of Action on Addiction said, “It is a great honour to have been chosen as the benefiting charity of 100WHF in 2013. To know that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will all become Patrons of such an effective organisation makes it additionally exciting.
“As our patron, The Duchess of Cambridge has now made several visits to Action on Addiction’s services, and has shown a real understanding of, and compassion for our work. We look forward with great anticipation to working with 100WHF in furthering our aims to help families affected by addiction.”
The funds raised will be directed to Action on Addiction’s Moving Parents and Children Together Programme (M-PACT), which works with the whole family and with different families at the same time, where parents are misusing alcohol and drugs. Children in particular are the casualties of addiction in the family, and often feel a sense of isolation, shame and guilt about their parents’ addiction as well as being at risk of a variety of harms. The programme helps all members of the family to communicate openly with each other. Independent evaluations have shown a variety of positive results including an increase in children’s self-esteem, school attendance and educational achievements.
Emma Cox, M-PACT Development Manager from Action on Addiction – Families Plus said, ‘This is an exciting time for Families Plus with the support from 100WHF.  We look forward to developing, monitoring and expanding the Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) programme across the UK further, to respond to the needs of children living with parental substance misuse.”
“The support from 100WHF will provide additional resources which in turn will help to extend the delivery of M-PACT programmes by targeting identified areas of need across the UK.”
For further information please contact:
Amanda Thomson, Action on Addiction on: 0207 793 1011 or 07837 712539
Elisabeth Middlemas, Four Colman Getty on: 020 3023 9033
Sarah Savage, Four Colman Getty on: 020 3023 9092
Notes to Editors:
About Action on Addiction
Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, professional workforce development, professional education and support for families and children.
One in three people suffer from an addiction. It breaks up families, damages communities and destroys lives. In some way it touches us all. Action on Addition believes that it is important to take an integrated and dynamic approach to improving the understanding of addiction and people’s responses to it.
Action on Addiction has treatment centres throughout England as well as a specialist family support service (Families Plus) and an expert training centre for the treatment of addiction. They fund important and innovative research into addiction, working closely with the National Addiction Centre (part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London) and the Mental Health Research and Development Unit at the University of Bath.
Action on Addiction has been helping people with addiction problems for over 25 years. In January 2012 HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became patron of Action on Addiction.
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About Families Plus
The Families Plus team provides family focused services working with children, parents, carers and friends of people living with addiction. This is achieved through various programmes including a unique programme, M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together). M-PACT uses the ‘whole family’ approach, enabling children to talk about their feelings. This is often the first time an addicted parent has heard the impact of their behaviour on their children. M-PACT supports both parent and child to come to an understanding of the part played by parental substance misuse on the family.
About 100 Women in Hedge Funds
100 Women in Hedge Funds is a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization serving over 10,000 alternative investment management investors and professionals through educational, professional leverage and philanthropic initiatives. Formed in 2001, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted more than 300 events globally, connected more than 250 senior women through Peer Advisory Groups and raised over $25 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women's and family health, education and mentoring. 

For more information, please visit or contact Amanda Pullinger, Executive Director of 100 Women in Hedge Funds at

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