What charitable work was Princess Diana involved in?

What charitable work was Princess Diana involved in?


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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Princess Diana, "The People's Princess," was widely renowned for her incredible commitment to public service. She was directly involved in campaigns for the banning of the use of landmines via the Landmine Survivors Network and HALO Trust, even touring a minefield in Angola and paying visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina to attract attention to the issue.  

She acted as an advocate for the homeless (Via Centrepoint), young people, elderly people (via Help the Aged), the disabled (opening the Richard Attenborough Centre for Disability and the Arts), those suffering from drug addictions, and those coping with various illnesses.

Princess Diana also did a great deal of work to promote awareness around AIDS (despite the disapproval of the Queen), often working directly with those suffering from the immunodeficiency virus. The visibility that she provided was indispensable at a time when those suffering from the illness still faced a great deal of stigma. 

She was a patron to the British Red Cross, British Red Cross Youth Chester Childbirth Appeal, the Trust for Sick Children in Wales, the British Lung Foundation, the National AIDS Trust, the Welsh national Opera, the National Children's Orchestra, and many, many more organizations. Whether it was through direct activism or financial assistance, Princess Diana was one of the greatest humanitarians of her generation--a legacy that has lasted even after her untimely death in 1997. 

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Princess Diana's causes included the National AIDS Trust, and she was devoted to helping people with AIDS. In addition, she was involved in helping people with leprosy through The Leprosy Mission, and she also helped people who had been affected by landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In addition, she served as a patron of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; the Royal Marsden Hospital, which helps people with cancer; and Headway, a brain injury treatment center. She also worked with Centrepoint, an organization that helps the homeless, and she was active in helping to alleviate poverty and homelessness. She was a patron of the British Red Cross, the English National Ballet, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Natural History Museum. She visited people and hospitals abroad, including in India, Pakistan, Angola, Bosnia, Kuwait, Australia, Egypt, and other countries, and was known as a sympathetic listener.