09 Apr Local charity selected by Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle to receive donation
The Wilderness Foundation UK have been listed as one of seven charities selected by Prince Harry and Ms Megan Markle to receive donations in place of gifts to celebrate their wedding on 19th May 2018.
The couple have chosen to re-direct the generosity of the public towards causes which the couple have been particularly interested in over their lives to date.
Jo Roberts, CEO of the Wilderness Foundation, said: “We are deeply touched and honoured that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to support The Wilderness Foundation and its beneficiaries. As the world’s population grows exponentially the planet’s remaining wild places and resources are coming under increasing threat. It has never been more important for us as humans to protect the planet that gives us life. Whilst teaching conservation values, we in turn use the positive power of nature to support and recharge the lives of challenged and vulnerable young people and adults.”
Prince Harry visited The Wilderness Foundation in September last year. He was interested in the main projects run in Scotland and the South East. He met and engaged with primary students engaged in environmental education, mindfulness and connection to nature workshops, all based in an outdoor living classroom.
He then spent time around a camp fire talking with a range of 15-21 year old graduates from the TurnAround and Out There Academy programmes. All the young people had come from painful and complex backgrounds, most having experienced some form of grief, being in care, and or mental health problems – significantly – anxiety and depression.