Royal Caribbean International has selected a godmother for the Independence of the Seas, its third Freedom-class vessel that is scheduled to arrive in Southampton, England, on April 25.

Elizabeth Hill of Chesterfield in Derbyshire, who launched a fund for children with physical or learning disabilities, was selected from four finalists in a contest Royal Caribbean started to find "an ordinary British woman who has done extraordinary things."

Royal Caribbean specified that the woman should have "dedicated incredible time and effort to improve the well-being and future of young people under 18 years old in her community."

Hill is slated to name the ship on April 30 in Southampton, where the Independence will homeport for its maiden season.

Hill was nominated by her daughter Alice, 12, for having set up the Gamelea Countryside Training Trust, which is based on a farm and helps young people with physical or learning disabilities and those who have failed in school and are in danger of social exclusion. 
Hill was selected by a panel of judges including Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., and Steve Redgrave, head of the cruise line’s charity partner, the Steve Redgrave Fund.

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