The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry Officially Open the Help for Heroes Recovery Centres

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry Officially Open the Help for Heroes Recovery Centres

Addressing a gathering which included volunteers, H4H staff, supporters and over 100 injured men and women, the Duke said:

"Those journeys of recovery will be cut short, unforgivably, if we as a nation unfix our attention. We must not let the wounded men and women of our Armed Forces down. This official opening is therefore, I hope, as much a renewed pledge by all of us to go on supporting those who have sacrificed so much, as it is a celebration of an amazing achievement."

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry were at Tedworth House to officially open all four of the Help for Heroes Recovery Centres nationwide: TidworthCatterickColchester and Plymouth.

Their Royal Highnesses met members of the wounded community and their families and heard first-hand about the life-long challenges they face. William was presented with a 'My Daddy is a Hero'baby outfit by two year Jenson, the son of triple amputee Cpl Josh Boggi, a resident at Tedworth House. Josh asked the Duke if he was looking forward to becoming a father, "very much so", replied William.  Later, the two brothers were presented with customised Help for Heroes hoodies with William also taking one for the Duchess of Cambridge.

Prince Harry was then reunited with members of the Warrior Games team who he championed during his recent state tour of the USA. He heard how the 30-strong team, all of whom were either funded or supported by Help for Heroes, had won in excess of 20 medals competing against athletes from the US military.

Their Royal Highnesses were also shown the first class facilities in the Phoenix Centre where Prince Harry got involved in an impromptu game of basketball.

During the speeches Bryn Parry, Co-Founder of H4H, thanked their Royal Highnesses for their support of the charity and lifelong commitment to the care of our wounded. As the excited crowd clapped Prince Harry and the Duke of Cambridge waved off Staff Sergeant Steve Arnold, Corporal Claire Edwards and Corporal Charlie Lemon, a US Veteran, all on hand bikes, as they rode away launching the 2013 Hero Ride.