Prince Harry praises parent carers at Buckingham Palace reception for WellChild

Posted on the 13th June 2017

Prince Harry hosted WellChild families, volunteers, staff and supporters at a glamorous Buckingham Palace reception on the evening of June 12th to celebrate WellChild’s 40th anniversary.

The reception was an opportunity to thank many of those who have helped WellChild over the years and continue to do so.

Among the guests were a group of WellChild families who spearheaded the successful #notanurse_but campaign, aimed at shining a light on the reality of life caring for a child at home with serious and exceptional health needs. Prince Harry praised the group, who he said were like ‘professionals’ in the care of their children, given the highly complex nature of the care that they provide on a 24/7 basis to keep their children safe at home.

The Prince also met representatives from the WellChild Helping Hands team who carry out practical projects such as garden and bedroom makeovers for families with seriously ill children as well as some of the companies who have donated volunteers and equipment to projects over the years. He heard that there is a growing demand for help and that, because of limited resources, we are not always able to help everybody who needs our support.

Other guests at the reception included celebrity ambassador Gaby Roslin, who has been a strong advocate for WellChild over the years, including as a regular presenter of the WellChild Awards. Prince Harry met WellChild Nurse, Rhian Greenslade from South Wales and supporters such as GSK, who have helped us grow the WellChild Nurse programme across the UK as a key lifeline for families who want to care for their children at home instead of hospital.

WellChild Marketing and Communications Director Matt James said: “This was a special evening for everyone who attended, celebrating the growth and evolution of WellChild.  The event highlighted how important our role has become and how much more work there is to do to ensure that the UK’s growing population of children and young people with serious and exceptional health needs across the UK are given the best chance to thrive, at home with their families.”

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