By Tim Saunders on
The 25-year-old prince – who today becomes the 1000th person to be made Knight of the Garter – was at the annual Chakravarty Cup event at Ham Polo Club in Richmond in the weekend, where he met a group of twelve students aged between 9 and 11 from Bishop Stortfor College, Hornsby House School in South London, and the Catholic School of St Gregory the Great in Cheltenham. The youngsters had the chance to present artwork they had completed to reflect the work of WellChild to the Prince – whose brother, Harry, is the Royal Patron of WellChild – and other guests at the event. William chatted to them and was keen to hear about their work, which ranged from poetry to pastels and other artwork using a variety of techniques.
The schools had each run fundraising and awareness-building campaigns to benefit the charity – an organization in the UK dedicated to the needs of sick children and their families – and had assisted the charity in setting up its Helpline service.
“We are delighted that these children were able to meet Prince William and demonstrate to him the impact of WellChild’s work at such a special event,” said Kedge Martin, Chief Executive of WellChild. “Their enthusiasm to help other children less fortunate than themselves and the artwork they have produced is really inspiring. They were all honored to meet His Royal Highness, and thoroughly enjoyed their time with him.”
The polo game also raised money for the Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, of which Prince William is President.
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