A speech by Prince Harry at the Wellchild Awards, 2016
I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners again, well done and thank you for inspiring all of us with your strength, positivity and selflessness.
Wow, wow, wow – another incredible year of awards, and barely a dry eye in the house amongst the adults. Upstaged once again by the younger generation!
This is now my ninth WellChild awards and each year at this remarkable event, I am profoundly moved by the people I have met and the stories they have shared with me.
It is one of those moments in life when you are left in awe at the strength of human character, particularly amongst those so young. Watching these children and young people face challenges with such determination, positivity and good humour, never fails to take my breath away.
We are also here this evening to celebrate the selfless dedication of those around them, who work tirelessly to make their lives better – from remarkable young carers such as Brodie, Armaan and Jessica, to the devoted professionals and volunteers you will hear about later this evening – never underestimate the impact you have had on the many lives you've touched.
Across the UK today, there are thousands of children and young people living with serious illness or exceptional health needs. Many are having to spend months and sometimes even years in hospital.
But it doesn’t need to be this way…
WellChild nurses are experts at training and empowering families to manage complex health needs so children can return home and enjoy the comfort that so many of us take for granted.
We have heard tonight how important ‘home’ and ‘family’ are in giving many of our young winners the foundation and inspiration to defy the odds. With your support we can give many more children and young people the best chance to thrive – at home, together with their families. As you have seen this evening, WellChild's work really does change lives.
Thankfully WellChild now has more nurses working across the UK than ever before – many of whom are with us tonight. But at a time of ever-increasing demand, their role in enabling children to be cared for safely at home with their families is more important than ever.
Please continue to support these amazing nurses in getting more children home, where they belong.
I would like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners again, well done and thank you for inspiring all of us with your strength, positivity and selflessness. I am so fortunate to have had the chance of meeting you all and so proud to be associated with this fantastic charity.
I hope you have a wonderful evening. Thank you.