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Prince Harry has had a very busy two days during an official visit to Leeds from 6 to 7 July.
Leeds Community Foundation
His visit began at the “Leed Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds” charity fair and panel discussion addressing mental well-being of the city’s young people.
The Leeds Community Foundation hosted the event which brought together a range of mental health projects to celebrate their important work which is being delivered.
The Prince met representatives from local charities and learnt more about their work with young people.
Prince Harry has spent the day in Leeds as part of his two day visit to the city. The visit started at the @LeedsCommsFound event ‘Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds’ – a charity fair and panel discussion addressing the mental wellbeing of the city’s young people. HRH was able to meet representatives from local mental health charities, and participated in the panel discussion that addressed the mental health of Leeds’s young people: “I have been so impressed by the commitment of this City and the Leeds Community Foundation in focusing on mental health. You have been leading the way in bringing funding and expertise together in support of local community solutions.” 📷PA
He gave a speech about the importance of mental health.
“I have been so impressed by the commitment of this City and the Leeds Community Foundation in focusing on mental health. You have been leading the way in bringing funding and expertise together in support of local community solutions.
Link – Leeds Community Foundation
Rugby Football League
As the new Patron, Prince Harry later travelled to Headingly Carnegie Stadium to attend the Sky Try Rugby League Festival, which is part of a seven-year programme to encourage 700,000 children to play Rugby League.
Prince Harry learnt more about the program and met children, coaches and players on the pitch.
Link – Rugby Football League
Prince Harry, as Patron, made two visits in support of the WellChild charity which works with children suffering from serious illnesses or life-altering conditions.
He visited the home of five-year-old Oliver Rooney to help WellChild with a garden makeover through the “Helping Hands” 300th project.
On the second day of his visit to #Leeds, Prince Harry has visited the family home of five year old Oliver, who is receiving support from @WellChild through their ‘Helping Hands’ project. The project will see Helping Hands volunteers transform Oliver’s garden into a space that he can finally access safely and enjoy with his siblings. HRH is Patron of WellChild, a charity that works with children suffering from serious illnesses or life-altering conditions. The transformation of Oliver’s garden marks the completion of the 300th ‘Helping Hands’ project. 📷PA
Oliver, who has Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder, lives in a three bedroom semi in Bramley, with his mother, Elizabeth McOmish-Rooney and four brothers.
Ms McOmish-Rooney said Oliver had to be kept away from his brothers because of the condition at the bottom of the garden. The uneven ground with rubble and nails was too dangerous for Oliver, who is unsteady on his feet, with limited communication and awareness of danger.
Oliver was forced to watch from behind a fence on wooden decking above the back garden.
A team of ten volunteers helped transform the outside area into a level safe space where Oliver can play on artificial grass with sensory aids including a mirror and a water play, which will help develop his physical skills and encourage independence.
Ms McOmish-Rooney said the garden transformation would completely transform their lives as it would give them a space all the family can use.
Prince Harry said the new artificial grass would make a great football pitch and teased them about the number of times they had kicked the ball over their neighbours’ fences!
Link – WellChild
Leeds Children’s Hospital
At Leeds Children’s Hospital, Prince Harry was introduced to WellChild nurse Helen Tooby who provides specialist care and support to help families to have their children home from the hospital sooner than expected.
Prince Harry then travelled to Leeds Children Hospital to meet @WellChild nurse Helen Tooby and some of the families she supports. WellChild nurses such as Helen provide the specialist care and support required to help families get their children home from hospital quicker. Prince Harry chatted to Helen and some of the children and families who she has helped on their journey from hospital to home. 📷PA
Prince Harry met with a group of children and their families whom WellChild and Helen have helped in their journey from hospital to home.
His visit to Leeds finished with a visit to Haribo’s new facility to see how their much-loved sweets are made and to meet those employed from the newest recruits to members who have been working for the company for over 27 years.
The factory has become a leading local employer who employs more than 730 staff working at their two manufacturing sites.