Marking International Women’s Day with The Duchess of Sussex

International Women’s Day is always a special moment of celebration at Smart Works. Each year our supporters come out in force to help raise vital funds and awareness of the charity and to celebrate our amazing clients.  

We’re delighted to share the news that this year our Patron, The Duchess of Sussex took time to send some words of encouragement to a few of our clients.  

 Written by The Duchess, several thoughtful notes were delivered to our centre earlier this week, and then dispatched to our clients, to give them that extra piece of encouragement as they return to the workplace.  

Each of the notes was written with kindness and care and included personalised messages for the women receiving them.  

The extract below was from a note sent to a client who recently got a job working in the health sector:  

“I wanted to offer my personal congratulations on landing a new position in public health – I can’t think of anything more important right now. And I’m so pleased to know that Smart Works supported you in the lead-up to your successful job interview.”  

Another of our clients received a little extra lift before her interview later this week; 

“I wanted to write personally to wish you every success in your upcoming interview. While any interview can feel daunting, I know that Smart Works has enabled you with the confidence to thrive throughout the process” … “You’ll be amazing in your interview remember deep breath and be yourself.”  

If you have been inspired by The Duchess of Sussex’s continued support for our clients and women across the world, head to Archewell Foundation’s website to find ideas for real acts of compassion you can take for the women in your life or community this month, and every month.