Prince Harry surprises WellChild award winners on Zoom call
Prince Harry left four recipients of the WellChild Awards speechless when he joined by surprise a video call in which they were discussing what the awards meant to them and how they continue to helpful during their young lives. During the call, which took place on December 4, the Duke of Sussex caught up with these inspirational young people.
Arriving on the call and noticing how the children have grown since the last time he met them at the awards, Harry said: “I don’t even recognise some of you, since it has been what – two, maybe three years for some of you. How are you guys doing?”
Prince Harry discussed with Maddison, Katie, Marni and Evie the impact the WellChild Awards have had on them as well as the understanding and inclusive community his patronage has created during the years.
Evie said: “I was talking about how positive the evening was and how it was a celebration of everything we can do.
“And I think we all need to focus on that and I definitely carried that through – right until now – and I continue to carry it through.
Prince Harry joined a video call with four former recipients of the WellChild Awards
Prince Harry joined the call from his home in California
“And anything that encourages that further to keep that momentum going and encourage us all to focus on what we can do is so useful and so important.”
Prince Harry went on asking questions about lockdown – and was left in stitches while speaking to Maddison.
The inspirational child said her months in lockdown have been “quite boring” but she was able to spend time with her family.
The Duke then asked who she would nominate for an award among the people she has met or seen during 2020.
Prince Harry joked with Maddison during the call
The sweet child answered “my mum”, which prompted Prince Harry to joke about whether her mother was there to suggest the answer.
He added: “By the way that was the perfect answer – to choose your mum was absolutely spot on.”
Prince Harry went on asking: “What does it take to win a WellChild Award guys?”
Evie said: “I think you’ve got to find the best in every situation.
Prince Harry heard how the pandemic made it more difficult for the charity to help parents and children
“Every award winner I was lucky enough to meet was so optimistic – and not because life is easy but because they have made an incredible life with what they have got.”
Prince Harry replied: “You’ve kinda hit the nail on the head, all of you.
“Your bravery, your strength, your optimism, your everything is just so unbelievably inspiring and incredibly refreshing as well.
“And you are so right Evie, every single one of you is in a unique situation.”
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Prince Harry, who became patron of WellChild in 2007, attends the charity’s awards every autumn.
WellChild, the UK’s national charity for seriously ill children and their families, was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which made it more difficult to hold fundraising events as well as supporting families in need of help.
Catherine, a staff member of the charity also on the call with the Duke, said 2020 has been a “rollercoaster year”.
The charity worker highlighted how difficulties to access PPE made it terribly difficult for parents and carers to support their children or visit them in the height of the pandemic.
To support them, WellChill organised food deliveries, medical supplies and distributed PPE.
Catherine added: “As challenging as it was to do it was incredibly rewarding to step in this almost frontline role for the parents.”
Earlier this year, CEO Colin Dyer highlighted the difficulties the charity met in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
He said: “On the one hand, WellChild and lots of other charities are in the middle of trying to adapt to help the very people we are here to help, but on the other hand we are in survival mode.
“We are trying to make sure that we can access as much funding as we can so that on the other side of this, we are still here, because families will need us more than ever.”
— to www.express.co.uk