The eldest child of Princess Diana's brother Earl Spencer has become an ambassador of Centrepoint

By Simon Perry
Updated February 22, 2016 12:40 PM
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Lady Kitty Spencer is using her royal fame to help make a difference.

Kitty Spencer, 25, is backing the the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, Centrepoint, which her late aunt Princess Diana supported and was also supported by her cousin Prince William, who is the organization’s royal patron.

Kitty, the eldest child of Diana’s younger brother, Charles Spencer, 51, and his first wife Victoria, has become an ambassador for the charity, which will help them “bring more attention to the issue of youth homelessness,” a spokesman tells PEOPLE.

Last week, Kitty quietly visited two of the charity’s bases, including one that her cousin has visited. During the visit she checked on a project also backed by Sport Relief.

Youth homelessness affects around 83,000 people each year in the U.K., Centrepoint says.

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“The idea is to use sport to motivate young people staying in our hostels and build their confidence. They are then more likely to take opportunities such as work experience or job opportunities,” the Centrepoint spokesman tells PEOPLE.

And Kitty Spencer was impressed. She captioned a photo on Instagram: “What a fascinating morning seeing all the wonderful work that Centrepoint does to help homeless young people in the UK. I loved my visit to Bruce House Hostel & the Dean Street Health & Wellness Centre.”

And in a statement on the Sport Relief site, she said, “Just from the girls I have spoken to, one of them wants to go on to be a midwife and one wants to set up a dance school. I said to them both that I am so amazed that after everything they have been through their goal is to do something to give back to society.”

In his last public move for the charity, William gave a pre-Christmas interview with Big Issue magazine, and spoke about his commitment to the cause and recalled visits to hostels he made with his mother.

“I think it goes back to when my mother first took the role when I was a small boy. I was very struck by the people I met and what they were struggling with – sleeping rough, sofa surfing, not having basic comforts a lot of us take for granted,” he said.

“That really struck me at a young age, bearing in mind the gulf for me growing up in a palace and seeing the other end of the spectrum,” he continued. “That was powerful to see at a young age. In today’s Western world, with all the advancements and privileges we have, the fact some people don’t have a bed or a roof over their head is quite ridiculous.”