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Marathon for mental health: Harry asks runners to choose #HeadsTogether

by Victoria Howard

A new video released by Kensington Palace shows Prince Harry asking 2017 London Marathon runners to consider choosing the Heads Together campaign as their charity.

Part of the Royal Foundation’s work, William, Kate and Harry launched their Heads Together project back in April to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

prince Harry is asking London Marathon runners to support Heads Together in his video message

prince Harry is asking London Marathon runners to support Heads Together in his video message

In a video filmed in Kensington Palace gardens, the red-haired Prince encourages runners to choose the marathon’s charity of the year, and help raise funds, or show their support in other ways if they already have a charity whom they are supporting.

“Everyone runs the marathon for a different reason and for fantastic causes,” Harry says, walking through the greenery.

“If you already have a place and are undecided who to run for, William, Catherine and I invite you to run with Heads Together.

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William, Kate and Harry launched Heads Together in April 2016

Heads Together brings together The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in partnership with eight mental health organisations in the UK, wanting to change the attitude towards mental illness.

“As charity of the year for the 2017 London Marathon, our runners will be raising money for some of the nation’s leading mental health charities, and will be starting conversations with their friends, families and colleagues about the importance of talking openly about mental health.”

Harry has been a patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust for a number of years now, greeting those who complete the 26 mile race through the capital, but his message seems to hint at an appearance for the trio next summer.

“Together we can start the biggest ever national movement to end stigma on mental health… and change the conversation for everyone. The three of us can’t wait to cheer you on.”

The message rounds off with a hope that the upcoming race will be ‘the marathon for mental health’ and in his navy suit, the Prince finishes by putting on a blue #HeadsTogether headband – before giggling into the camera.

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