Prince Harry in Leeds to honour our unsung community and health heroes

Prince Harry chats to runners during a London Marathon warm up in the North East.  Photo: P.A
Prince Harry chats to runners during a London Marathon warm up in the North East. Photo: P.A
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Prince Harry will be in Leeds next week for a two-day tour celebrating some of the city’s unsung community and health heroes.

To kick off the visit, HRH - who recently launched the Heads Together campaign to end the stigma around young people and mental health - will be guest of honour at the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds summit, being hosted by Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) on Thursday, July 6.

The strictly invitation-only event aims to bring together and honour mental health projects funded through LCF’s latest initiative, The Leeds Fund.

Prince Harry will meet some of the charities and beneficiaries of the fund, which has now distributed over £550,000 to support local projects, before addressing an audience of senior business leaders.

The event will culminate in an interactive panel discussion, highlighting the issues that affect the mental wellbeing of young people in Leeds and how the city can further work to support future generations.

Sally-Anne Greenfield, CEO of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We are very excited and proud that Prince Harry will meet some of the individuals that have benefited from the amazing work that is being delivered across Leeds. Most importantly, his support will further highlight the role of the business community in championing mental health and wellbeing.”

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, added: “I am pleased to welcome Prince Harry to experience first-hand the pioneering work we are undertaking to secure the mental wellbeing of our city” .

During his Leeds stop-off, Prince Harry will also conduct his first official engagement as patron of the Rugby Football League when he visits Headingley Carnegie stadium for the Sky Try Rugby League Festival. It is part of a seven-year programme to get 700,000 schoolchildren playing the game.

The extended Royal visit will then see the prince supporting WellChild, a charity that works with children suffering from serious illnesses or life-altering conditions, and of which HRH is patron.

Prince Harry will visit the family home of a five year old boy in Leeds, who will receive a garden makeover from WellChild’s Helping Hands programme. The prince will then travel to Leeds Children’s Hospital, where he will meet a specialist nurse as well as a group of the children and families who have been helped by her work.

His Royal Highness will conclude his visit to the region with a visit to HARIBO’s new facility in Castleford.

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