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Prince Harry to become Patron of three charities

Published on 28th March 2007

Prince Harry is to become the first Royal Patron of three UK-based charities, Dolen Cymru, MapAction and WellChild.

This is the first time Prince Harry has taken on the patronage of established charities and his association with each will begin immediately. The Prince is keen to support these charities which all offer essential assistance to communities across the UK and throughout the world.

Dolen Cymru (The Wales Lesotho Link) has been working for over 20 years to promote friendship and understanding between the people of Wales and her twinned nation of Lesotho, in southern Africa. The Prince will become Dolen Cymru’s first Royal Patron, building on Prince Harry’s current involvement in Lesotho with his own charity Sentebale.

Also working with an international focus, MapAction helps aid agencies by providing crucial situational mapping in the event of natural and humanitarian disasters. MapAction teams have worked all over the world, including in Lesotho and in Sri Lanka following the Tsunami in 2005.

Prince Harry will also become the first Royal Patron of WellChild, the only UK charity caring for the individual needs of all sick children in the UK. WellChild is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

Prince Harry is Patron of Sentebale, a charity he set up in 2006 with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Sentebale builds on the success of the British Red Cross’s Lesotho Fund, which was set up by the two Princes in 2004, and aims to help vulnerable children and young people in Lesotho, particularly those orphaned by AIDS.

Notes to editors

Dolen Cymru (the Wales Lesotho Link) was launched in the Welsh Office in 1985 and became the first example of a country-to-country twinning. Dolen Cymru promotes activities that link health organisations, schools, villages, districts, and churches in both Wales and Lesotho.

MapAction employs a highly skilled team of volunteers to respond to humanitarian disasters worldwide, providing a mobile situational mapping capability that saves both lives and livelihoods.

For further information about MapAction click here to visit the website.

WellChild has been improving the lives of sick children through care, support and research since 1977. WellChild is the only UK charity dedicated to the needs of sick children whatever their illness.

For further information about the work of WellChild click here to visit the website.