One of the lesser appreciated activities of today’s Royal Family is their tireless work towards various charities, many of which are organised and headed by them personally. Typically they represent causes and issues that are of personal interest to the Royal in question. Princess Diana, for example, was famed for her efforts towards eliminating the risk posed by abandoned land mines in nations recovering from past civil strife. Prince Harry has more recently pushed forward with his Invictus Games, which is aimed towards helping foster recovery, rehabilitation and respect for wounded servicemen and women worldwide.
Finally, more relevant to this article, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as well as Prince Harry, have undertaken the Heads Together charity, which aims to assist people suffering from mental health problems in finding help and recovery, as well as providing education and combating the stigma that surrounds it. Now, thanks to the efforts of the readership of the Telegraph, Heads Together can expect a rather generous windfall this Christmas.
As part of the Telegraph’s annual Christmas charity phone-in day, the newspaper’s readership has helped raise no less than £76,000 for various charitable causes. As well as Heads Together, the Blue Cross and the Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity have also benefited from this charity drive. Readers donated by phoning a special charity hotline manned by numerous individuals connected with the Telegraph newspaper, such as cartoonist Matt Pritchett and columnist Allison Pearson. In total, they raised £62,816.33, which will be raised to £76,493.91 once the Gift Aid has been reclaimed.
According to Pritchett, one caller was less than thrilled with his phone call, exclaiming “Oh no! I had you last year!”
The Heads Together charity is the brainchild of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, and it unites several mental health charities under their banner. It includes Mind, Young Minds, Contact, and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The charity’s website states that its aim is to “to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.”
It is also the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Charity of the Year and hopes to raise awareness about the condition of mental health in Britain and break down the barriers preventing its frank discussion in modern society.