Duke and Duchess of York ‘proud’ of work charity does
Britain’s Duke and Duchess of York are “proud” to work with Key To Freedom.
Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson joined forces with the Women’s Interlink Foundation and Topshop to support the ethical fashion initiative, which is launching its fourth collection of accessories today (05.12.14).
The Duke of York told Marie Claire magazine: “I am immensely proud that Key To Freedom has launched its fourth collection. It gives me great pleasure to work with the Women’s Interlink Foundation on their important work supporting women in West Bengal, developing skills to allow them to become economically active.”
All proceeds raised by sales of hand-made kimonos, scarves and make-up bags go towards the women’s charity, funding a fresh start, support and safe new homes for Bengali women who are victims of sex trafficking, abuse and slavery.
The initiative allows girls to earn a living by teaching them the craft skills needed to make the products, with the income going back into the foundation to help build even better facilities.
Key To Freedom was founded in 2012 after the Duke and Duchess and their daughter Princess Eugenie visited India and The Prince Andrew Charitable Trust now oversees the long-term development of the business model.
Sarah, Duchess of York – who also has daughter Princess Beatrice with Andrew – said: “One of the most important things is making dreams come true and I am so supportive of Aloka Mitra [founder of Women’s Interlink Foundation] and her ladies for doing exactly this.
“The work they do brings dignity to their lives, and the impact of this project has had a profound effect on the ladies futures. I am very proud to be a part of Key To Freedom.”
The fourth collection is on sale at Topshop now, with prices starting at just £19.