Prince Harry says ‘world is a very different place’ as Duke pens heartfelt tribute from US | Royal | News
Prince Harry wrote a deeply personal message as patron of WellChild for the charity’s 2019-2020 report. In his letter, the Duke of Sussex paid tribute to the speedy reaction and tireless efforts by volunteers and staff at the charity in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which allowed WellChild to continue supporting sick children and their family at a crucial time.
In his message, the Duke of Sussex acknowledged how the pandemic has changed the world and forced charities such as WellChild to adapt to new challenges.
He wrote: “The world is a very different place today because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’ve been forced to collectively reckon with a global health crisis of which there is no modern comparison.
“It’s taken a steadfast, coordinated effort across communities and countries to get ourselves to a point where we can fight this virus, where we can beat this virus.
“Over the past year, we’ve seen heroes – both known and unknown – stepping up at every turn.
“We’ve seen compassion and care for friends and strangers alike.
“I am incredibly proud to say that WellChild has moved with urgency and purpose to tackle the new challenges that children with complex needs and their families have faced because of this crisis.
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“Life for everyone has been tough. For these families, it has been tougher than most of us can imagine.”
Prince Harry went on explaining he has been in touch throughout 2020 with families supported by WellChild – and heard how quick the charity reacted as the pandemic started to grip the UK in March last year.
In just 10 days, Harry’s patronage put together the COVID-19 Response Team, which provided families with guidance on how to navigate the pandemic as well as key resources such as PPE.
In 2020, WellChild distributed more than 289,000 items of PPE and helped more than 1,000 families letting carers back into their homes despite the lockdowns in place.
Throughout last year, as many as 2,592 families have been supported by WellChild.
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