Prince Harry thanks 100 Women in Finance at gala for supporting WellChild

Yesterday evening, Prince Harry donned a tuxedo to attended a gala event at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in support of his patronage, WellChild.

The annual 100 Women in Finance (100WF) event was a glittering black tie event, with Harry as its guest of honour.

This is the second time 100WF have chosen WellChild as a charity to support. Prince Harry, who is patron of the charity, said during a short speech: “I know the support will once again have a deep impact on the charity.”

Prince Harry arriving at the 100 Women in Finance reception and gala dinner in aid of the charity WellChild at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

He added: “I have met the very children and young people for whom WellChild really does change their lives.”

WellChild is a national UK charity that makes it possible for children with exceptional health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital, where possible.

Earlier in the evening, Harry had met a WellChild beneficiary, Jill Evans. Jill has been supported by WellChild while caring for her son Noah, six, who has a rare lung condition.

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“I had the privilege of meeting Jill Evans and hearing Jill’s story and I have no doubt how life-changing the support from the WellChild nurses can be,” he continued.

Ms Evans said it was “amazing” to see Harry again, after she and her sons met him at the WellChild awards last year. She added: “He’s such a lovely guy and really passionate about the charity.

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“It was really nice to catch up with him, he’s such a nice guy.”

WellChild events often sees the Prince on his knees playing with youngsters suffering from terrible conditions, giving out hugs to them; each year, Harry hands out the WellChild awards for those children and families who have shown bravery in the face of such adversity, and for those healthcare professionals who go the extra mile.

100WF, formerly known as 100 Women in Hedge Funds, is a non-profit organisation for female professionals in the alternative investments industry, empowering them throughout their careers. These galas raise money through tickets and table sponsorship which is then donated to the chosen charity.

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Each year it selects charitable organisations to support, on a rotating basis, from women’s and family health, mentoring and education programmes. Since its beginning, 100WF has raised over $40 million for charitable causes. In previous years, other royal-supported organisations have been chosen, such as the Art Room, patronised by The Duchess of Cambridge.

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