This is the touching moment Prince Harry tells a group of seriously ill kids they “inspire people every single day” in a surprise video call.
The Duke of Sussex joined four children supported by the WellChild charity, for which he has been a patron since 2007.
He told the group they are “unbelievably inspiring and refreshing” as they told him what the charity has done to help them through their illness.
All the kids he spoke to are previous winners of the WellChild Awards, an annual ceremony giving special recognition to children’s strengths.
Taking part in the call with the Duke were Maddison Sherwood, 12, from Loughborough and who won in 2014;Katie Ward, 13 from Colchester and 2017 winner; Evie Toombes, 19 from Skegness and who was awarded in 2018; Armaan Ahmed, 11, from Leeds and who won in 2017.
Harry said the WellChild Awards are one of the highlights of the year as he pointed to the “unbelievably inspiring and refreshing” strength and courage of the children.
He said: “The children and young people of WellChild are at the very heart of this charity because you guys just know who you are and don’t pretend to be anybody else and because of that you inspire every single nurse, every single care giver, every single mum, every single dad, every single sibling.
“And outside of the WellChild community as well you are inspiring people every single day.”
The video call was set up so Prince Harry could join the previous winners of the awards in urging the public to nominate someone.
The conversation started with Harry asking the kids how they were finding the Covid-19 lockdown, to which Maddison Sherwood admitted: “It’s been quite boring, but I’ve been able to spend lots of time with my family and things like that.”
When the Duke asked her who she would like to nominate for a WellChild Award she suggested her mum, which the Duke said was “absolutely spot on”.
Prince Harry then asked the kids what it meant for them to attend the ceremony and be acknowledged for their exceptional qualities.
Evie said the evening was ” a celebration of everything we can do and I think all of us need to focus on that. I have definitely carried that through and continue to carry it through”.
She said the award gives children the confidence to continue trying and believe in their abilities.
“I think it’s not just that one night actually, it is the start of continuing to give them the confidence and encouragement for the rest of their lives,” Evie said.
Harry then asked Catherine Davies, WellChild’s Family Engagement Lead and who was also on the call, how the charity has been supporting families this year.
“As a charity we could see quickly what parents needed to help them through this crisis,” she told him.
The charity put together a response service giving families access to food deliveries, medication supplies and Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) so they could carry on being supported by their carers.
She said: “As challenging as that was to be a part of, it was incredibly rewarding to be able to step into this almost front-line role for our parents and give them that direct support that they needed day after day to get them through this crisis and this year.”