The Duchess of Sussex recently paid a visit to Bristol-based One25, which aims to improve the lives of sex workers, and has since found fame across the globe. Meghan’s visit raised awareness of their work helping women break free from sex work, homelessness and addiction, and resulted in the first ever donations from overseas. The charity has been sent hundreds of pounds from donors in the US, New Zealand and Jamaica, as well as generous monetary gifts from Switzerland and Canada.
The Duchess toured the site earlier this month and helped pack food parcels.
The visit hit headlines after Meghan decided to write supportive messages on the bananas as she was packing.
These messages, written on in felt tip, included “You are strong”, “You are loved”, “You are brave” and “You are special”.
Since that day, One25’s website has had thousands more logging on to read about their work.
People have also been sending in items such as umbrellas, socks and gloves for sex workers operating on the street.
The charity’s chief executive said: “The upsurge in interest in our work as a result of Meghan’s visit has been incredible.
“We’ve had our first donations from overseas.
“There’s been lots of interest from America, but also from other countries.”
The Duchess of Sussex was accompanied by her husband, Prince Harry, on the visit.
Explaining her idea to put messages on the bananas, she said: “I saw ths project this woman had started somewhere in the States on a school lunch programme.
“On each of the bananas she wrote an affirmation, to make the kids feel really, like empowered.
“It was the most incredible idea – this small gesture.”
The food packages were later delivered by van, along with blankets, condoms, hot water bottles and advice from the charity’s experts, to women on the streets.