By Sarah Finley
Kate Middleton is said to have sent a 'personal and heartfelt' letter to the family of Sarah Everard after it was revealed this week that half a million pounds had been raised in her memory.
Sarah Everard disappeared while walking home from Clapham to Brixton, London, on 3rd March 2020. Her disappearance started a movement that promoted safety for women on the streets and addressed violence against women.
It was later discovered that Sarah had been kidnapped and killed. A Metropolitan Police officer has since been charged with her kidnap and murder.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is said to have been very emotional about the death of Sarah Everard. Kate, who visited Clapham's bandstand to lay daffodils for Sarah wrote the letter to express her sadness.
A source told the Mirror: "Kate’s letter was deeply personal and heartfelt, she expressed her absolute sadness at what Sarah’s family and loved ones are going through.
"She said she knows that no words can change what happened but that she wanted to let them know that they and Sarah are in her thoughts."
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Kate, who used to live in Chelsea with her sister Pippa, used to walk home alone, and the story has said to have upset her, as it has many other women in London. The source also added: "This was a private matter to her and she wanted to show unity with everyone else who shares these feelings.”
This week it was announced that £525,000 was raised in remembrance of Sarah Everard. Reclaim These Streets organizer Jamie Klingler told The Observer they will distribute the money among various charities and specifically target women who are in minority groups that are regularly underfunded.
She said: “We wanted to focus on access to legal support, we want to be trans-inclusive and we are very aware that grassroots organizations for women of colour often get overlooked in funding decisions. So that was very much our brief of where the money should go."
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