Prince Harry drops in as Leeds garden is transformed for boy, five

Prince Harry meets members of the public in Leeds yesterday. PIC: PA
Prince Harry meets members of the public in Leeds yesterday. PIC: PA
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Prince Harry will visit the home of a five-year-old boy before touring a sweet factory as he spends a second day visiting Leeds.

Much of the Prince’s day will focus on his support for the WellChild charity, which works with children suffering from serious illnesses or life-altering conditions.

He will start his day at the family home of a five-year-old boy in the city as a group of volunteers transform his garden into an outside space he can access safely and enjoy with his siblings.

Harry will meet the family and the volunteers from WellChild’s Helping Hands programme as the project takes shape.

The makeover is the charity’s 300th project.

The Prince will then move to the Leeds Children’s Hospital, where he will meet WellChild nurse Helen Tooby.

WellChild nurses provide the specialist care and support required to help families get their children home from hospital as quickly as possible.

Harry will also meet a group of the children and families who have been helped by Ms Tooby on their journey from hospital to home.

He will finish his programme with a visit to the new Haribo sweet factory in Castleford, which employs more than 700 people.

Yesterday (July 6) Harry started his two-day Leeds visit with a speech at an event promoting mental well-being in the city and how organisations are helping young people.

Harry said the “the dial seems to have shifted” in terms of people feeling they can open up about their mental health struggles, but added: “Let’s not kid ourselves that the job is done.”

And he suggested that young people constantly checking their mobile phones was an example of how everyone would benefit from taking “a moment to process our thoughts rather than rushing from one thing to the next”.

The Prince finished his day at Headingley Carnegie stadium, the home of Leeds Rhinos, where he watched and chatted to dozens of youngsters being introduced to rugby league.