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Lady Phyll has joined the Albert Kennedy Trust as a patron.

The co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride will work with the charity, who provide safe homes, mentoring and support to young LGBTQ people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“I’ve been involved with AKT for some time now and have been a long-time friend and supporter of their work. As a parent myself, I have a real affinity to what they do to support young people, many who didn’t get the start they deserved,” Phyll said.

“I was delighted to be invited to join the charity in a formal capacity as patron, and look forward to working with the team at AKT to help end and prevent LGBTQ+ youth homelessness and support young people from our community to thrive.”

She added: “It truly is an honour.”

Phyll joins trans actor and campaigner Jake Graf, fashion designer Henry Holland, Paralympian Claire Harvey, and business inclusion trailblazer Suki Sandhu OBE as Albert Kennedy Trust patrons.

Tim Sigsworth MBE, CEO, Albert Kennedy Trust said: “Lady Phyll has actively supported AKT over the years, and understands all too well the wide ranging impact of homelessness and rejection on young LGBTQ+ people.

“We are all thrilled that she will be joining us as a patron and cannot wait to do even more work with her.”

According to the charity, 24% of homeless young people identify as LGBTQ, and 77% of those believe that coming out to their parents was the main factor in their homelessness.

You can find out more about the Albert Kennedy Trust and donate here.