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Prince William plays post-it note game on charity visit

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76 days ago   Article ID# 3995937
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LONDON, U K (telegraph.co.uk) - The Duke of Cambridge found himself cast as David Beckham when he played the popular Who Am I? game with young people helped by homeless charity Centrepoint.

With a blue Post-it note emblazoned with the former England footballer's name stuck to his forehead, the future king made light work of guessing who he was.

Prince William, who is Centrepoint's royal patron, met teenagers and young people being helped by the organisation when he visited its hostel in Northolt, north-west London, with the organisation's chief executive Seyi Obakin.

Next month the Duke is expected to take the first call of 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.

Prince William's 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 Duke rattled off his questions to Sherihan, asking "Am I a male in showbusiness?" followed by "Am I a sportsman?", "Am I a famous footballer player?" and "Do I do other things apart from football?".

As each of the questions was answered with a "yes", he got closer to his goal and at the end declared "David Beckham".

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 former homeless into employment.

Centrepoint's chief executive struggled to get the famous name on his forehead - Leonardo DiCaprio.

Mr Obakin and the Duke 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 went on to describe 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."

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