Prince Harry visits Leeds

Published 06 July 2017

Over two days, Prince Harry has met a number of local organisations, companies and charities who work in various ways to support the surrounding Leeds community.

The visit began at the 'Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds'  event -  a charity fair and panel discussion addressing the mental wellbeing of the city's young people.

The event, hosted by the Leeds Community Foundation, brings together a range of mental health projects to celebrate the important work they are delivering across the city.

At the event Prince Harry was able to meet local charities, and learn more about their work with young people and mental health.

At the beginning of the panel discussion, HRH gave a speech about the importance of mental health.

I have been so impressed by the commitment of this City and the Leeds Community Foundation in focusing on mental health. You have been leading the way in bringing funding and expertise together in support of local community solutions. 

Prince Harry then travelled to Headingley Carnegie Stadium to attend the Sky Try Rugby League Festival, which part of a seven-year programme to encourage 700,000 more children into playing Rugby League.

Prince Harry has recently become the new Patron of the Rugby Football League.

At the festival, Prince Harry was able to learn more about the programme and met a number of children, coaches and players on the pitch.

On day two of the Leeds visit Prince Harry undertook two visits in support of the charity WellChild, of which he is Patron. The charity works with children suffering from illnesses or life-altering conditions.

His Royal Highness visited the home of five year old Oliver to help WellChild makeover his garden through 'Helping Hands' project. The garden transformation will allow Oliver to access his garden safely, which enables him to develop his physical skills and encourage independence.

The transformation of Oliver's garden marks the 300th Helping Hands project.

At Leeds Children's Hospital Prince Harry was introduced to WellChild nurse Helen Tooby. Helen provides specialist care and support to help families get their children home from hospital quicker.

Prince Harry was able to meet a group of children, and their families, who have benefited from WellChild and Helen in their journey from hospital to home.

The Leeds visit concluded with a tour of HARIBO's new facility, where Prince Harry was able to see how the brand's much-loved sweets are made.

The factory has become a leading local employer, with more than 730 team members across its two manufacturing sites.

Before departing HRH met a number of those involved in the family-owned business, from its newest recruits to those who have been there for over 27 years.