Published 4 October 2017
The Duke of Cambridge meets search and rescue teams in Belfast

The Duke of Cambridge has officially visited Belfast to draw attention to organisations operating across the city, including the mental health charity Inspire, and two emergency services organisations.

The Duke visited Inspire, a charity and social enterprise which focuses on promoting wellbeing for all across the island of Ireland.

Established in 1959 as the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (NIAMH), Inspire now reaches 1,500 people a week through their mental health support services.

These services include advice and care for those dealing with addiction issues, support for the professional and emergency services, and independent living support and care.

His Royal Highness then travelled to Titanic Quarter to see the work of Lagan Search and Rescue, a rescue and lifeboat service that covers the Belfast Harbour Estate, River Lagan and the estuarial waters of Belfast Lough.

The service was formed in 2012 and is now made up of 31 trained volunteers split across the Quayside Response , Lifeboat, and Rescue Swimmer Corps teams.

The Duke watched a live demonstration of a rescue mission in the harbour, which included the deployment of a lifeboat, before meeting a number of the volunteers and hearing about their experience of setting up the search and rescue service.

His Royal Highness also met some of the crew from Air Ambulance Northern Ireland, as well as charity representatives, before officially dedicating a new lifeboat to the Lagan Search and Rescue.

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