On Tuesday, Prince Charles urged business to help hero soldiers in to work and to make “fortune favour the brave”. He also called on business leaders to embrace the ‘loyalty, integrity and discipline’ of military personnel and that’s the able-bodied and injured.
This vision of Prince Charles was outlined in a keynote speech given at the Business in the Community’s annual responsible business awards event. The Prince was accompanied by his Prince William and Harry to the event before which Prince Charles told the London Evening Standard, “I want to look at a situation which is just a big a concern to my Sons as it is to me, where fortune very often does not favour the brave”.
Prince Charles continued, “The transition is by no means easy, and we should not pretend it is, even for the able-bodied. For those who have been wounded, of course, the difficulties are greater still. One of the biggest differences the corporate sector can make, is the development of the skills needed to fill the skills gap and create the employment and economic independence that enable individuals to contribute fully to the community in which they live”.
In his speech at the gala event, hosted by David Walliams and Natalie Pinkham, the Prince of Wales will urge businesses to create more training and employment opportunities for ex-servicemen and women. Charles has been championing responsible business for more than 30 years.
One of those former service members is Captain David Henson who spoke on Tuesday about how sport has helped him turn his life around. Henson lost both legs above the knee in an improvised explosive device explosion, in Afghanistan in 2011. Through sport, former serviceman has been able to find a new focus and has competed in the US Warrior Games and is expecting to compete in this years Invictus Games, which are being led by Prince Harry.
Captain Henson is hoping to represent Britain in athletics and sitting volleyball at the Games in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in September.
David Henson commented that Prince Harry’s involvement in the games has not only raised the profile of sport amongst ex-servicemen and women but also “raised the bar of what we want to achieve”.
Prince Charles and his charity Business in the Community help businesses recognise their wider role in society and how they can help tackle social and environmental issues.
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