Prince Harry attended the WellChild Awards last night, which recognises brave and caring children and medical professionals in the UK. Harry attended as one of his duties as patron of WellChild. The charity provides specialist care and support for chronically ill children.
Whilst mingling with children and their parents at the awards, Prince Harry chatted to many of the award recipients. However, one encounter from the evening was particularly special.
Prince Harry was pictured being given a hug by five year old Ollie Carroll. Ollie received the inspirational child award for children aged between four and six.
Ollie suffers from Batten disease which leaves him barely able to walk. His mum, Lucy, described how the little boy had to use all, “his strength to stand up” because of his disease. Nevertheless, the young boy was determined to get up in order to hug Prince Harry.
Ollie’s mum said afterwards, “He was thrilled; they both were. [Harry] is very privileged because Ollie cannot stand up by himself and he used his strength to stand up and hug him”.
The prince said he had been left “in awe at the strength of human character, particularly amongst those so young”.
“Watching these children and young people face challenges with such determination, positivity and of course good humour, never fails to take my breath away,” he added.