The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an event

RuneScape campaign highlights rhino conservation challenge 09 July 2014

RuneScape RuneScape, the multi-award winning fantasy MMORPG (massive multiplayer online role playing game), has supported United for Wildlife, a collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations brought together by the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, to help promote the protection of rhinos in the wild.

For two weeks RuneScape players will have an opportunity to show their support of wild rhinos, and support for the United for Wildlife campaign, by learning about the animals’ plight as they answer a series of one-a-day questions. Successful players will unlock a white rhino if they answer three questions correctly, and a rare black rhino if they correctly answer ten. During the two week period and for a fortnight afterwards, the rhino pets will provide players with an experience boost during their RuneScape adventure.

Furthermore, two young conservationists supported by Fauna & Flora International, one of the seven charities that make up United for Wildlife, are to be immortalised in the game after having their voices recorded for use as special in-game characters. Trang Nguyen and Mauricio Guerra will provide facts and help further explain the plight of rhinos in the wild to players as they move about the game. The partnership with United for Wildlife is the latest charity initiative supported by RuneScape and Jagex, following previous success stories over recent years.

“United for Wildlife is a fantastic initiative that aims to preserve some of the world’s most endangered species in the wild. The RuneScape team is really proud to play our part in this important conservation project,” said Neil McClarty, brand director of RuneScape. “Our community has always shown amazing support for the many charity campaigns we’ve been involved with over the years and we fully believe that they will continue this by throwing their support behind United for Wildlife's latest drive”

“As a member of the United for Wildlife collaboration I’m delighted that we’ve been able to combine our collective conservation aims with RuneScape’s passionate audience,” said Ros Aveling, deputy CEO, Fauna & Flora International. “Innovative approaches to reaching a younger audience, who are traditionally hard to engage in conservation, are vital to the success of United for Wildlife and to the protection of critically endangered wildlife.”

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The Duchess of Cambridge and John Bishop visit M-PACT Plus school counselling programme focused on tackling addiction 02 July 2014

The Duchess of Cambridge and comedian John Bishop visited The Blessed Sacrament School in Islington earlier this week, to hear how the M-PACT Plus programme is progressing following its launch last year in the four initial pilot sites: Manchester and Salford; the North East; London and Essex. They also met with head teachers, practitioners and children.

Created and funded by Comic Relief and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the M-PACT Plus project focuses on a partnership between Place2Be and Action on Addiction and is a major initiative to provide early support for children, parents and families affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.

The programme combines Place2Be’s expertise in providing emotional and mental health services in schools for children and parents, with the expertise of Action on Addiction’s ‘Moving Parents and Children Together’ (M-PACT) programme, which takes a whole-family approach to tackling addiction.

The value of the programme being based in schools is that it provides an opportunity to identify and address the problems early on before it reaches crisis point and importantly, provides a means for ongoing support for the children as well as their parents.

Since the launch in April 2013:

  • 44 schools have been able to refer children and their families to the programme.
  • 24 practitioners have been trained to deliver the accredited M-PACT Plus programme.
  • The teams have engaged with specialist local agencies to ensure there are good referral pathways both into and out of the programme.>
  • School staff have been trained to better understand drug and alcohol misuse, helping to identify children affected by this and to initiate conversations with parents around these sensitive issues. This is a vital part of the legacy of the programme, meaning school staff will have the ongoing capacity to do this.

John Bishops said

“I was delighted to be part of last year’s launch of the MPACT Plus initiative with tThe Duchess of Cambridge, and to be here with her one year on to meet people involved and hear about the progress being made is fantastic. It’s really positive to see that this is an issue being addressed in schools, meaning that children get the early support they need.”

View The Duchess of Cambridge and John Bishop visiting the M-PACT Plus programme here

United for Wildlife celebrates the official launch of #WhoseSideAreYouOn 09 Jun 2014

Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., Mary Winnefeld, Bob Woodruff, Captain Ivan CastroThe Duke of Cambridge and David Beckham today launched #WhoseSideAreYouOn, an exciting new campaign for United for Wildlife.

United for Wildlife is a collaboration of the seven leading conservation in the world, brought together by The Royal Foundation which aims to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

At the event, held at Google Town Hall in London, the Duke of Cambridge spoke about his passion for tackling conservation issues and launched a manifesto film outlining the ambition behind #WhoseSideAreYouOn. The campaign will focus on harnessing the power and universal reach of sport to raise awareness about endangered wildlife around the world and the fight against illegal trade. 

The Duke was joined at the launch by David Beckham, one of an exceptional group of sporting ambassadors who are involved with the campaign. The legendary footballer talked about the importance of the #WhoseSideAreYouOn campaign and the urgent need to increase the global response to major conservation issues. Other ambassadors who have pledged their support so far include Andy Murray, Lewis Hamilton, Rahul Dravid, Francois Pienaar, Leicester Tigers and Hans Sarpei.

To further raise awareness of the urgency of the global conservation situation, Emmanuel de Merode, Director of the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, gave a powerful speech about his experiences. Emmanuel, who was shot and wounded recently in an ambush in the DRC, is the subject of a new film Virunga, which tells the story of the brave individuals risking their lives to save Africa’s oldest national park.

Speaking at the event, HRH Duke of Cambridge said:

“I am delighted to launch this exciting new campaign, #whosesideareyouon, part of United for Wildlife. Conservation is something I feel very strongly about and linking it with sport, which appeals to people all around the world, seems like the best way to raise awareness. There are two thousand critically endangered species on the verge of being lost forever. It’s time to choose a side – between the endangered animals and the criminals who kill them for money. I am calling on people all around the world to tell us: whose side are you on?”

David Beckham added:

"I feel honoured to be involved with this important and powerful campaign. I believe sport is a vital way of engaging and highlighting issues and #whosesideareyouon is a perfect example of how sport can raise awareness about conservation, something that we should all be doing something about. I will be showing my support and hope that as many people as possible will join me.”

The American Friends of The Royal Foundation host event to support the recovery of wounded veterans 14 May 2014

Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., Mary Winnefeld, Bob Woodruff, Captain Ivan CastroThe American Friends of The Royal Foundation host a reception and dinner in New York focussing on their support of wounded, injured and sick Service people.

The American Friends hosted a reception and dinner in New York sharing the Foundation's initiatives to support the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded veterans, particularly focusing on the Endeavour Fund and the upcoming Invictus Games.

The American Friends has supported The Royal Foundation’s Endeavour Fund with grants totaling $800,000 to date, including support of the Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge which took place in December 2013. 

Special guests at the dinner included Admiral James A. Winnefeld, Jr., Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mary Winnefeld and Bob Woodruff, correspondent for ABC and co-founder of Bob Woodruff Foundation.

US and UK team members from the South Pole Challenge, Captain Ivan Castro, Ret. Army Sgt. Margaux Mange, Inge Solheim, Ed Parker and Captain Guy Disney were also in attendance at the dinner.

Guests heard first hand from Captain Ivan Castro who has challenged himself both physically and mentally after being injured in 2006 by a mortar round during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In addition, guests heard of the hopes and ambitions for the Invictus Games, which will be a truly momentous and proud occasion in London in September 2014.

Captain Ivan Castro, Walking With The Wounded US team member and Invictus Games US team member said:

“After my injury, I was determined to battle back and with the support of my family, friends and command, I was able to return to active duty. I continue to challenge myself, so that I may show others “What Blind can do”. I am grateful for programs, like those provided by The Royal Foundation. I see this as a way to globally impact other injured service members…to remind them that life as they know it… may have changed, but there is still a life out there to be fully lived and enjoyed. Doors may have been closed by the nature of their injuries, but there are many doors out there yet to be discovered and opened. All you need is a vision and the will to keep moving out of the darkness.”

Admiral Winnefeld said of the Invictus Games,

“Together we have served; together we will heal; and together, 14 nations . . . more than 400 athletes, competing in 10 adaptive sports . . . will show the world that together, ability can overcome disability!”

For more information visit http://invictusgames.org/ or follow on twitter @InvictusLondon

For more information on the Endeavour Fund, visit http://endeavourfund.co.uk/ or follow on twitter @EndeavourFund

Prince Harry Launches the 'Invictus Games' at the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 06 Mar 2014

Invictus Games Logo The Royal Foundation played a key role in supporting the development of the Invictus Games.

The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, today announced that the ‘Invictus Games’ presented by Jaguar Land Rover, an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, will take place in London from 10-14 September 2014.

The event is championed by Prince Harry. It will see more than 300 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women, serving and veteran, competing in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.

On the programme will be Athletics, Archery, Wheelchair Basketball, Road Cycling, Indoor Rowing, Wheelchair Rugby, Swimming, Sitting Volleyball and a driving challenge. Teams will be invited from the armed forces of 13 nations that have served alongside each other, with relative newcomers to adaptive sport joining advanced athletes in an inclusive programme.

Competitors and live audiences can look forward to enjoying the occasion in venues made famous by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. These venues include the Copper Box, the Aquatic Centre and the VeloPark. Track and field disciplines will run at Lee Valley Athletics Centre. The action will also be televised, with the BBC – today confirmed as the official broadcast partner – scheduling live coverage, highlights packages and other programming, including documentaries featuring some of those taking part and the inspirational stories of their journey of recovery.

Sir Keith Mills, chair of the Organising Committee appointed to oversee the event, said:

“Prince Harry, The Royal Foundation, the Ministry of Defence, Mayor of London, the venues, Jaguar Land Rover and the BBC, have all worked tirelessly to get us to the start line and I am thrilled that we are now able to announce the details of the Games today. The Invictus Games is going to be one of the major highlights of 2014 and a real inspiration to many around the world.”

A ceremony will be held to mark the opening involving the competitors and a closing concert is being planned, which will represent another celebration of adaptive sport in the UK, building on the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. Organisers are also hoping to give competitors the opportunity to bring family and friends, from around the world, to share the experience.

For more information visit http://invictusgames.org/ or follow on twitter @InvictusLondon

Endeavour Fund track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit 15 Feb 2014

Prince Harry sitting in a Jaguar F Type car Prince Harry and 35 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel lined up to test themselves at Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Prince Harry took part in an Endeavour Fund track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit. 35 wounded, injured and sick Service personnel, many of whom have taken part in endeavours, lined up to test themselves on the historic track at Goodwood to raise awareness of the Endeavour Fund and those it has supported.

With modern supercars such as the new Jaguar F Type Coupe R, Lamborghini Gallardo as well as classics such as Ford Mustang and Shelby GT 350 all available to drive, and with expert instruction on each car, the cars and the drivers were all put through their paces.

Although an extremely fun day out for all the wounded, injured and sick servicemen, the aim of the day was in keeping with the ethos of the Endeavour Fund – to challenge and inspire.

Visit www.endeavourfund.co.uk to learn more

Launch of United for Wildlife 12 Feb 2014

United for Wildlife logo To coincide with The Duke of Cambridge visiting the ZSL International Wildlife Trafficking symposium, The Royal Foundation revealed the new United for Wildlife digital campaign.

The Duke of Cambridge joined the United for Wildlife organisations at a symposium hosted by the Zoological Society of London in February to discuss the coordinated international effort that is required to combat the illegal wildlife trade.

In conjunction with this groundbreaking event, The Royal Foundation updated www.unitedforwildlife.com and launched social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+.

Working with adam&eveDDB, a leading London digital creative agency, the United for Wildlife campaign aims to engage young people, around the world to build a movement for change and raise awareness of the challenges facing wildlife across the globe.

Nick Booth, CEO of The Royal Foundation said:

“Working with adam&eveDDB has been a refreshing experience. The combination of creative excellence and technical expertise adam&eve possess has meant the partnership between United for Wildlife, The Royal Foundation and adam&eveDDB is delivering great work, and we’re excited about continuing to develop this campaign.”

The United for Wildlife collaboration, under His Royal Highnesses Presidency has an extensive international field presence and a large network of collaborating institutions. It hopes to use this powerful global alliance to address both the supply and demand issues of illegal wildlife trafficking and also to support the sustainable development of affected communities and bring those involved in the illegal trade to justice.

The United for Wildlife collaboration announced at the symposium, that they will initially focus on the following commitments:

  • To strengthen site protection on areas that contain target species with the roll out of SMART technology (Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool)
  • To reduce the demand of illegal trade products by working with Governments and other organisations, such as marketing experts and youth leaders, to encourage appropriate consumer messaging to those who buy rhino horn, ivory, tiger and pangolin parts and products;
  • To engage with the private sector to encourage a 'zero-tolerance' approach towards the illegal wildlife trade. This may include working with businesses that may be unwittingly drawn into the trade chain;
  • To support the judiciary and local authorities in their efforts to fight wildlife crime;
  • To support local communities, whose livelihoods are directly affected by the illegal wildlife trade.

Visit www.unitedforwildlife.com to find out more

Duke of Cambridge visits Coach Core project in London 4 Dec 2013

The Duke of Cambridge and The Price of Wales visit London zoo The Duke of Cambridge meets with Coach Core apprentices from London, Glasgow and New York to hear about their progress.

On Wednesday 4th December, The Duke of Cambridge visited the Westway Sports Centre in London to see the progress of the Coach Core programme, created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Coach Core was launched by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in July 2012 and aims to give young people the opportunity to gain work experience and comprehensive training in community sports coaching. All apprentices enter an intensive apprenticeship learning key skills in their sport as a coach, as well as vocational and mentoring qualifications which will help them progress in a career as a coach.

Since the launch of the London Coach Core pilot with Greenhouse in July 2012, the Coach Core programme has grown with a pilot with Glasgow Life and a similar project was launched earlier this year in New York with Harlem RBI, supported by the American Friends of The Royal Foundation. The Foundation was delighted to welcome representatives from all three projects to the Westway Sports Centre to share their experiences to date.

Whilst at the Westway Sports Centre, The Duke met with aspiring young coaches to hear how their coaching training is progressing. The Duke attended a meeting of the Coach Core Advisory Board, who is responsible for the strategic direction of the programme, before participating in a coaching skills development session as well as basketball training with the young apprentices.

The Royal Foundation is extremely pleased with the progress of Coach Core to date and hopes to expand the project further in the months and years ahead.

The Prince of Wales and The Duke of Cambridge are United for Wildlife at London Zoo 26 Nov 2013

The Duke of Cambridge and The Price of Wales visit London zoo The Duke of Cambridge declared his new United for Wildlife project can make a real difference to animal conservation as he marvelled at London Zoo's star attractions - the tigers.

The Duke of Cambridge is President of United for Wildlife, a collaboration of seven of the largest field based global Conservation organisations. The Duke was joined by his father, The Prince of Wales, as he convened the first official meeting of the umbrella organisation he has assembled through The Royal Foundation to help tackle the threat to the world's wildlife.

The partnership between Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London and The Royal Foundation aims to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises. The first crisis which United for Wildlife will help tackle is the unprecedented rise in the illegal wildlife trade, resulting in the slaughter of thousands of animals, many from already endangered species.

At the meeting The Duke of Cambridge wanted to bring the organisations together “to focus their energy and their commitment to one cause - particularly obviously this illegal wildlife trade at the moment is such a big issue…The idea was that United for Wildlife can progress and we can really start the ball rolling and the momentum and really try and change and tackle this issue." The Duke went on "I think we've got a real chance of changing the way things are going.”

The Prince of Wales said the need to reduce the markets for illegal animal products was a crucial issue. Speaking during his tour of London Zoo, he said:

“One of the most important things is helping the NGOs who struggle away, particularly organisations like Traffic (the wildlife trade monitoring network) and WildAid (anti-illegal wildlife trade body) and the World Wildlife Fund, of which I'm president in the UK…They're doing a fantastic job but they're up against a huge series of obstacles.”

He added:

“The most important thing to remember, I think, is that you have to reduce consumption of illegal wildlife parts, whether it's ivory, or rhino horn, tiger parts, or whatever from various endangered species. So that it's the consumption in Asia and elsewhere which is one of the key issues and they've already shown - organisations like WildAid and Traffic - that you can seriously reduce, for instance, shark fin consumption, which is another huge problem, the cutting the fins off sharks, by this sort of approach… they need as much help and attention paid to them, and raising of the profile - that's half the battle of this, really.”

For more information on United for Wildlife sign up for updates at www.unitedforwildlife.com.

United for Wildlife 11 Sep 2013

United for Wildlife The Duke of Cambridge will be President of a collaboration to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations.

Through his Foundation, His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge has brought together an unprecedented collaboration between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The partnership, named “United for Wildlife”, is a long-term commitment to tackle the global challenges to the world’s natural resources so they can be safeguarded for future generations.

United for Wildlife is an unprecedented alliance between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations, led by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. The partnership between Conservation International, Fauna & Flora International, International Union for Conservation of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, WWF-UK, the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Foundation will lead the way to substantially increase the global response to major conservation crises.

For more information, go to www.unitedforwildlife.com.

The American Friends of The Royal Foundation Host First Dinner on the East Coast 14 May 2013

Prince Harry making a speech Prince Harry joins philanthropists for the first fundraising dinner in New York.

Prince Harry joined 190 New York philanthropists at a dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant in support of the American Friends of The Royal Foundation. Will.I.am, Prime Minister David Cameron and Sean Lennon, son of Beatles legend John Lennon, were among the guests who showed their support for The American Friends first fundraising event on the East Coast.

During the event which was sponsored by a private individual to ensure that all funds raised directly supported the charitable aim of the American Friends, Prince Harry spoke about his time at Harlem RBI earlier in the day and introduced a Coach Core apprentice from London and a Coach from Harlem RBI who both described the impact mentoring and sports coaching has had on their lives.

John Studzinski CBE, American Friends President said,

“We were delighted Prince Harry was able to join us at our first major event on the East coast since our formation in 2011. Funds raised will support projects identified by the American Friends Board of Directors including The Royal Foundation’s new partnership with Harlem RBI to support Project Coach. It is very exciting to be part of a new program at its outset and one which will create a legacy for years to come. We look forward to taking the American Friends forward doing all we can to assist the charitable passions and priorities of Prince Harry and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”

Prince Harry Launches Project Coach at Community Baseball Organisation Harlem RBI in New York 14 May 2013

Prince harry talking to a girl on first base The Royal Foundation and Harlem RBI announce a partnership to share learning between Project Coach and Coach Core.

Prince Harry joined in baseball training in Harlem, New York to launch a new partnership to support Harlem RBI's Project Coach, a multi-year continuum of coaching opportunities for youth beginning at the age of 13 and extending through college graduation, and The Royal Foundation's Coach Core. The project will be funded in part by the American Friends of The Royal Foundation. This support will enable Harlem RBI to enhance the quality of the program’s coaching and training and increase the number of participants served by the program. The partnership will create greater continuity, quality and cohesion as the organization seeks to grow and develop leaders in East Harlem, the South Bronx and beyond.

Prince Harry met privately with young Harlem RBI coaches who had spent the day with two Coach Core trainees from London to discuss the role of coaching and mentoring in their local communities and to understand more about Project Coach. His Royal Highness walked around the baseball diamond where team drills were taking place and even managed to hit all three balls pitched to him by New York Yankees Baseball star Mark Teixeira.

Nick Booth, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation said,

“Creating inspiration and opportunity for young people is a core priority for The Royal Foundation. Following the success of Coach Core in the UK, The Royal Foundation is delighted to partner with Harlem RBI on Project Coach to share learning and the challenges of training the next generation of sports coaches.”

Harlem RBI Executive Director Rich Berlin said, “We are thrilled to partner with The Royal Foundation on Project Coach. Coaching is at the core of Harlem RBI’s mission.

At Harlem RBI, youth grow not only as baseball and softball players, but also as leaders on and off the field.” Beginning at age 13 at Harlem RBI, youth mentor their younger peers during fitness activities, and as they grow in age and skill, they take on additional leadership roles, serving as assistant baseball coaches and working as full-time Coaching Fellows or part time Learning Coaches in the classroom and on the field once they reach college.

“These activities help youth develop the values and skills they need to achieve positive outcomes, including high school and college graduation, and to support younger participants who will one day become coaches themselves,” says Berlin. “I'm proud to say that I wasn't always the Executive Director of Harlem RBI. I started at this organization, like many other staff people, as a coach.”

For more information on Harlem RBI please visit: www.harlemrbi.org

Prince Harry Attends the Opening Ceremony of the Warrior Games 11 May 2013

Prince harry talking to a disabled cyclist 200 wounded servicemen and women come together in Colorado Springs for the Warrior Games.

Prince Harry joined athletes at the fourth annual Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. His Royal Highness took part in the torch relay to signify the opening of the games, attended a fundraising brunch and took part in a sitting volleyball match which saw Prince Harry’s GB team defeat Olympian Misty May-Treanor’s US forces team.

Speaking at a brunch to raise funds for the Endeavour Fund created by The Royal Foundation and the United States Olympic Committee’s Paralympics Veterans programme, Prince Harry told the audience how he first encountered the Warrior Games when he travelled to America last year:

"The process of recovery, adapting to new realities – both physical and mental – can be a long and desperately tough road to travel.

Sport and the challenge of adventure have an absolutely critical part to play in helping our wounded on this journey, igniting inspiration and motivation through extraordinary achievement. This great initiative – the Warrior Games – embodies this".

Representing The Royal Foundation, Prince Harry spoke about the importance of physical activity as part of the recovery process for injured servicemen and women and about his desire for his Foundation to bring the Warrior Games back to the UK. Prince Harry said:

"A year ago I was in Washington on the ambassador's lawn to plant a tree, which is what most of our family do nowadays, but after doing that I had the chance to meet some of the US and UK teams. I (remembered) thinking to myself how unfortunate I had been by not having the chance to go to last year's Warrior Games to see them win all their medals - despite of the fact we weren't officially part of it."

"I don't see how it wouldn't be possible to fill a stadium with 80,000 people, not to watch Olympics, not to watch Paralympics but to watch wounded servicemen fight it out amongst each other - not on a battlefield but in a stadium."

For more information on the 2013 Warrior Games please visit: www.teamusa.org/warriorgames/

Prince Harry Visits Organisations Making a Real Impact on Youth Violence in Nottingham 25 April 2013

Prince harry boxes Prince Harry visits St Ann’s to encourage collaboration between three youth charities.

Prince Harry met with three excellent community organisations at the Russell Youth Centre in St Ann’s. His Royal Highness was entertained by young people of all ages trained by the Community Recording Studio, in genres ranging from classical instruments to rap and video. After a private conversation with a group of young leaders in St Ann’s, Prince Harry then visited the graffiti wall and watched a demonstration from a community boxing organisation which has helped divert young people from gang violence to sport.

The Royal Foundation is delighted to be supporting a new partnership between three groups that have been working with young people in St Ann's for decades. EPIC is a partnership of head teachers and key youth workers in the area, Learn2Learn provides alternative education for those who have been excluded from mainstream education and the Community Recording Studio has been helping young people to express themselves through music for twenty years.

The Royal Foundation will help to fund a project which will draw on the talent and experience of the three organisations to create early intervention programmes for young people growing up in the area. It will combine support for fun, active, educational projects for younger children with the development of peer education and peer mentoring schemes for older young people. These mentors will work with their peers and younger children to help them make positive choices in life and become the next generation of community leaders. The mentors will also support children during the often challenging transition from primary to secondary school.

A key component to success for this programme will be the availability of valuable and engaging activities in the community. The Community Recording Studio is an excellent example that draws scores of young people from the local area and helps them to cultivate their talents through music.

KK Boxing, although not currently a partner in this programme, is also recognised by The Royal Foundation as a valuable youth project in the area and Prince Harry thoroughly enjoyed meeting the young people and watching an excellent display of boxing.

Prevention of Addiction Project is Launched in Manchester 23 April 2013

The Duchess of Cambridge recieving flowers from a child The Duchess of Cambridge and John Bishop launch the M-PACT Plus project to help children and families affected by addiction.

On Tuesday 23rd April The Duchess of Cambridge and John Bishop visited The Willows Primary School in Wythenshawe, Manchester, to launch the M-PACT Plus project, a new counselling programme focusing on preventing the cycle of addiction.

The M-PACT Plus project aims to address the needs of children affected by parental substance misuse, the lack of specialist support for them and the seemingly inevitable outcomes of high drug dependency in these children, often by their early teens. Primary schools provide the ideal location for ensuring children are identified early and receive the support they need.

The Duchess of Cambridge said…

“I have been struck by the profound and deeply damaging impact it has on the children of affected parents. Research has shown that children of those who are addicted are seven times more likely to have addiction problems themselves. They are also brought up surrounded by fear, instability and chaos.

“Last year, I asked The Royal Foundation, which I share with William and Harry, to see what could be done to help these children. In partnership with Comic Relief, our Foundation commissioned a piece of research to explore this issue. Today, it gives me an enormous feeling of pride and excitement to launch a programme that will bring this research to life.”

Funded by Comic Relief and The Royal Foundation, the project relies upon Place2Be staff who are already working in schools with children and parents, to manage the delivery of a counselling service for primary school children, whilst Action on Addiction staff will provide them with the skills and knowledge through specialist clinical support for practitioners. The partnership hopes to fund four pilots in Manchester, County Durham, Essex and/or London.

Coach Core Pilot is Launched in Scotland 8 April 2013

The Duchess of Cambrige playing table tenis The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launch new Coach Core project in Glasgow

Coach Core aims to train and inspire the next generation of young sports coaches and the Glasgow project builds on the first pilot launched in London prior to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Glasgow will be the focus of much sporting attention in the year ahead as it prepares to launch the 2014 Commonwealth Games and as part of its legacy programme the city is keen to ensure young people have access to great coaches and also are able to find opportunities through sport to see coaching as a career path.

The Royal Foundation has worked with Glasgow Sport and the Hunter Foundation to develop the new pilot under which at least twenty young people from the city will receive an eighteen month apprenticeship programme leading to additional skills in both their own sport, as a coach and also vocational qualifications which will help them into coaching as a career.

As part of the visit The Duke and Duchess met aspiring young sports coaches to hear first hand how sport can provide inspiration and opportunity. Their Royal Highnesses also joined in as groups of young people from the Drumchapel area of the city and surrounding districts took part in a range of sports including athletics, hockey, tennis, table tennis, basketball and gymnastics.

Launching the programme The Duke of Cambridge said…

"Coach Core is a simple idea which, we hope, will have far-reaching results. Just a short time here at this Leisure Centre leaves me in no doubt that the role models to whom young people can aspire are not just out there – on the television or in magazines or in professional sport – but right here in Drumchapel, and in countless other neighbourhoods up and down the Country.

The energy and brilliance of young coaches has the ability, like nothing else, to inspire others – to improve self-esteem and competitiveness, to channel natural aggression, to build respect for others and yourself, to improve health, and to teach new and creative ways of thinking."

The programme will be delivered by Glasgow Sport through their network of sports clubs and community sports hubs. Chair of Glasgow Sport and the Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games, Councillor Archie Graham, said:

"Sports coaches are at the very heart of sport in Glasgow we are honoured that Their Royal Highnesses chose the city to launch the Scottish pilot of the Coach Core initiative. London 2012 inspired a generation and we want to continue that journey through the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games. Coach Core will help us do that."

Funding for the pilot has been received from leading Scottish charity the Hunter Foundation. Sir Tom Hunter, its founder and Chairman said:

"Coach Core is an exceptional model of positive social intervention in that it uses sport to enable lasting change at a grassroots, community level.

As a Foundation we are delighted to have supported The Royal Foundation in bringing this important initiative to Scotland; our hope is that the apprentice coaches employed by Glasgow Life each year will deliver transformational change in their communities through sport development… as importantly we'd like to see Coach Core delivered over time in every local authority in Scotland through the leadership of The Royal Foundation and Glasgow Life."

As Coach Core develops as a national programme The Royal Foundation hopes to develop new pilots in different cities and sports, and also to build strong links between the participating young people and organisations to ensure learning is shared and all those involved feel part of a wider initiative.

Race2Recovery 23 January 2013

Race 2 Recovery teamCongratulations to the Race2Recovery team for becoming the first ever disability team to complete the world’s toughest race

Race2Recovery, the first ever recipient of a grant from the Endeavour Fund set up by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, are celebrating making history by becoming the first ever disability team to complete the Dakar Rally.

The team’s Land Rover Defender-based Wildcat race vehicle and its crew of driver Major Matt O’Hare and co-driver Corporal Phillip Gillespie, completed their sensational achievement as they crossed the finish line of the final stage in Santiago, Chile, on Saturday 19th January to signal the end of an extraordinary two weeks of racing that saw the team’s other three Wildcat vehicles fall out of the race at various stages along the way.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have followed the team’s progress since Day One sent a message to the team:

"Catherine and I have heard the wonderful news about your success today - many, many congratulations. We know it was not easy, but you have today become true record holders as the first ever disability team to complete what is one of the world's toughest challenges. What you have achieved was a triumph of perseverance and teamwork, and you have shown the world what true valour looks like. We hope you get some rest now, and, please, no driving like that on our roads when you're back!"

Corporal Phillip Gillespie, 24, from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, who is a leg amputee as a result of injuries sustained in Afghanistan, said:

“We have found out first-hand why they call the Dakar Rally the hardest race in the world. It has pushed every single one us to our limits and beyond. To be able to stand here at the finish line and say we achieved what we set out to achieve, to become the first ever disability team to complete the Dakar Rally, feels magical. Our team motto is ‘beyond injury – achieving the extraordinary’ and we’ve done just that. I hope that we’ve been able to inspire people who may be facing difficulties through injury or illness. The support we’ve received from everyone – our sponsors, supporters, families, friends, the military and complete strangers – has been amazing and is testament to the ability and dedication of this team.”

The Race2Recovery team’s four Wildcat race vehicles took to the start line in Lima, Peru on the morning of Saturday 5th January, signalling the start of 15 days of racing 9000km over extreme mountain and desert terrain. The team are raising money to support Tedworth House Personnel Recovery Centre. For more information please visit: www.race2recovery.com

Race2Recovery 11 January 2013

Race 2 RallyFollow the Race2Recovery team on their epic mission to become the first ever disability team to complete the 9,000km Dakar Rally

On Sunday 6th January the four Wildcat vehicles which make up the Race2Recovery team set off from Lima, Peru on the fifteen day Dakar Rally.

After Day 5 of the Dakar Rally, two of the Race2Recovery cars made it through a gruelling fifth day to compete in Stage 6. However unfortunately the Race2Recovery rally team of injured soldiers and civilian volunteers have confirmed that the car of driver Captain Harris and co-driver Cathy Derousseaux, has been eliminated and the car of driver Justin Birchall and co-driver Corporal Tom Neathway suffered mechanical failure as a result of major damage caused by a punishing run and were forced to retire.

Having returned to the team’s bivouac late at the end of Stage 2 following technical issues with the vehicle, Captain Harris had been allowed to start Stage 3 on the basis that a decision was pending on the analysis of the previous day’s results. A committee of the race organisers met and, based on the evidence before them, determined that Captain Harris and co-driver Cathy Derousseaux’s vehicle had not reached sufficient way points due to their vehicle breakdown and would not be allowed to continue in the Dakar Rally.

“To say we’re gutted is an understatement,” said Captain Harris after his elimination from the race. “In the back of our minds we thought this might be a possibility. I can’t really explain how Cathy and I feel after all the effort and the two years of hard work and training – it’s like a knife through our hearts and hasn’t really sunk in yet. However, we now have to pick ourselves up and channel our personal disappointment into energy and support for the rest of the team. The Race2Recovery project has always been about the whole team and we still have Wildcats competing strongly in the rally. Our job is to get them safely over the finishing line now and that has to be our focus. We will be Race2Recovery’s official cheerleaders!”

Two Race2Recovery vehicles are still focused on the finish line and if successful will become the first ever disability team to complete the gruelling Dakar Rally. Please join The Royal Foundation in following their progress at www.race2recovery.com and tweet your support @Race2Recovery.

The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund27 November 2012

Princess of Wales Memorial Fund LogoThe Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is set to become the legal owner of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund after it operationally closes at t

As an unincorporated trust, the Fund, as a matter of law, cannot altogether cease to exist when it closes its doors. As part of the preparations for the Fund’s planned closure, the Directors of the Fund have been very keen to ensure that if any money is donated to the Fund after its operations have ceased, this money is not lost to charity and instead continues to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Therefore, in March 2013 The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will take over the legal ownership of the closed Fund in order to safeguard both the Fund’s name and any further income donated to the Fund in the future.

Since 1997 the Fund, which will cease to operate in December 2012 after 15 years of grantmaking, has given over £100 million to charitable causes and supported more than 400 organisations in every continent across the globe.

Nick Booth, Chief Executive of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry said:

“The Fund has carried out fantastic work over the last 15 years to continue the legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales and improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world. We feel it is appropriate and important that the Royal Foundation becomes the legal owner of the Fund after its planned closure, to ensure both the Fund’s name is safeguarded and any future income donated to the Fund is able to be spent on charitable causes.”

Endeavour Fund 7 November 2012

Race2Recovery LogoThe Endeavour Fund makes its first grant to Race2Recovery.

The Endeavour Fund, created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, is delighted to announce its first grant to Race2Recovery of £100,000. The Endeavour Fund is also assisting Race2Recovery to secure additional practical and financial support.

Race2Recovery are a team of volunteers, racing to inspire those who are injured, disabled or facing adversity, by being the first team of predominantly injured servicemen to complete the formidable Dakar Rally in South America in January 2013.

More than just a simple race to see who is quickest, the Dakar demands off-piste navigational capability and consistency in addition to using vital technical and engineering skills that team members acquired during their careers in the Armed Forces. 9000km in 15 days it is truly unique and the hardest in the world, hence it is the ambition and goal of the Race2Recovery team to conquer this life changing challenge.

For more information on Race2Recovery explore www.race2recovery.com.

Coach Core Launch 26 July 2012

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry join young sportsmen and women to launch their Coach Core initiative.

Their Royal Highnesses launched the Foundation's new Coach Core programme in partnership with the Greenhouse Charity at a sports festival at Bacon’s College, Rotherhithe, London.

Good coaching is the difference between sport which simply occupies children for a few hours and sport which has the power to inspire and encourage young people to aim higher. Coach Core aims to train young people to become professional coaches and mentors enabling them to give back to their communities and inspire and motivate others through the power of sport.

After a private discussion with ten of the first cohort of Coach Core trainees, Their Royal Highnesses took part in sporting activities. The Duchess of Cambridge proved a skillful table tennis player before moving on to referee a judo match. The Duke of Cambridge showed off his football skills whilst Prince Harry tried his hand at basketball. There were then speeches by the Principal of Bacon’s College John Martin, The Duke of Cambridge, a Coach Core trainee Timi Tinubu and the Chief Executive of Greenhouse Charity, Michael de Giorgio.

Expanding Horizons 17 June 2012

The Duchess of Cambridge and children huddled around a campfireThe Duchess of Cambridge visits school children on an outdoor adventure

The Duchess of Cambridge visited an ‘Expanding Horizons’ Primary School Scheme at Widehorizons Margaret McMillan House in Kent, where she met children from Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) King Solomon Academy Primary taking part in an outdoor residential course.

During the visit, The Duchess joined the school children in their outdoor activities, such as building a shelter, making campfires and outdoor cooking.

The Expanding Horizons Scheme is a project coordinated by ARK Schools, which gives children from inner-city backgrounds the opportunity to venture into the countryside and develop their confidence and teamwork skills. The goal of the programme is to enable schools in deprived areas to lead their own trips safely, enjoyably and at low cost. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is supporting ARK in the development of their Expanding Horizons programme as both organisations share a common vision and commitment to transform the lives of children.

Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge 13 June 2012

The Duke and Duchess join Her Majesty The Queen on a visit to a Queen Elizabeth II Field in NottinghamThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Her Majesty The Queen on a visit to a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Nottingham

The Royal Party travelled to Vernon Park to mark a Fields in Trust project for the Diamond Jubilee. As Patron of the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge – a project supported by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - The Duke of Cambridge spoke about Her Majesty The Queen’s devotion to preserving green spaces for future generations. The Queen also unveiled a plaque to name the playing field as one of the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Fields. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remained at Vernon Park after The Queen had departed, to view more activities and meet people involved in the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge.

Atlantic Council Award 7 May 2012

Prince Harry is awarded the Atlantic Council's 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership

Prince Harry was awarded the Atlantic Council’s 2012 Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Leadership in recognition of his charitable and humanitarian work supporting Servicemen and women. The Prince collected the Award at the Atlantic Council’s annual Awards Dinner on 7th May in Washington, DC.

Prince Harry accepted the award on behalf of his brother The Duke of Cambridge, and their joint work through The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Prince Harry used the opportunity to pay tribute to British and American veterans’ charities for their achievements in helping to rehabilitate wounded Servicemen and women and to reintegrate those who have served in the Armed Forces into civilian life.

As part of his visit, Prince Harry also attended a reception at the British Ambassador’s residence in Washington, to meet teams of British and American veteran athletes, who took part in the Warrior Games in Colorado.

This reception was made possible in part by a donation from the American Friends of the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and also the kind assistance of the United States of America Olympic Committee.

Charitable Gift Fund 29 April 2011

A picture of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund

Following the announcement of the Royal Wedding, Prince William and the then Miss Catherine Middleton suggested that a number of charities, that they wished to select personally, should benefit from charitable gifts made by the public in place of presents. The Gift Fund raised over £1million for the twenty six chosen charities.

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