It has been announced that Prince Harry will be attending the Annual Awards of WellChild on the 3rd October at The Dorchester in Central London. He has been their patron since 2007, and this will be the seventh time he has attended the ceremony. Prior to the actual awards, he will attend a pre-ceremony reception where he will have a chance to meet and chat with the winners of all the age categories and their highly supportive families. He will then go on to the ceremony, where in addition to presenting the Award for Most Inspirational Child (aged 4-6), he will give a short speech. It is understood the Prince will commend the courage of these seriously ill children and their families, and also praise those who work to care for and support them.
WellChild is an organisation that seeks to not only provide support and care to families with seriously ill children, but also to provide a forum where their parents can get together and provide help and support to each other. It is often said you cannot appreciate something unless you have lived through it; with these forums those that have, can give help and support to those who are approaching the situation with fear and dread.
Across the country, in addition to a great number of adults in hospital waiting to back home when a suitable care package is in place, the same is true of children. WellChild seeks to help this in a number of areas as well as the peer support, it has a team of highly skilled nurses who can provide essential care and practical support. Through this they can enable children and young adults to be in their own homes with complex and challenging conditions. These conditions may also require more practical changes to the home environment. This is also something which WellChild provides and they have delivered over 200 home and garden makeover projects to achieve this.
The Awards celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s seriously ill young people and the dedication of those who go the extra mile to keep children healthy and happy, including the outstanding health, social care and education professionals.
For more information about WellChild please visit www.wellchild.org.uk