Meghan Markle and Prince Harry fans launched a social media fundraiser earlier this month to mark baby Archie’s first birthday, which will take place on May 6. The campaign, which uses the hashtag ArchieDay, aims to raise funds for charities helping vulnerable children impacted by the coronavirus and the supporters have now added a UK charity close to the couple’s hearts.
The organisers of the fundraising initiative have now included WellChild to their efforts, to recognise Archie’s birthplace.
Announcing that the charity had been added to the #ArchieDay campaign, the organisers said: “We heard all of your suggestions and we agreed that the #ArchieDay fundraising campaign would not be complete without a nod to Archie’s birthplace. His fatherland, the UK.”
WellChild, which provides care for children with complex illnesses and young people, is the first British charity to join the campaign and is the only one of the royal couple’s patronages to be featured.
Other charities aim to help vulnerable children in Canada, America and South Africa – countries the couple are particularly fond of.
When people go to the official Instagram page coordinating the fundraising, they can choose which of the three charities to donate to.
Almost £23,000 has already been raised for the charities, including £1,779 for WellChild.
The other charities include, Children’s Aid, Boys and Girls Club and Nourish.
Nourish is based in South Africa and provides food to children from impoverished families in rural communities.
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Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and provides children with programmes for physical activity, healthy living, job training and leadership.
The final charity, Children’s Aid, is based in the US, which helps children living in poverty.
Earlier this week Harry held a 30-minute video call from his new home in Los Angeles with the charity, where he chatted with two parents, a specially trained nurse and the head of the charity, Colin Dyer.
The Duke has been a patron of the charity for over a decade and heard how families were coping during the pandemic.
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He listened to the difficulties they are facing, such as accessing complex medical care and how they are trying to keep the virus away from already vulnerable patients.
Harry praised the families for their fortitude and courage in times of adversity, calling them “super-families”.
One mother, Leanne Cooper, told the Duke she is very worried for her 13-year-old daughter, who suffers from several complex illnesses, including cerebral palsy.
She said: “There is a lot of information out there, but not a lot for vulnerable families and certainly not for children with complex medical needs.
“If we’re in a position where carers can’t come to work because they might be symptomatic, there is no way we would survive when Sophie needs care seven nights a week, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
“It is terrifying.”
Harry has been heavily involved with the charity over the years and last October Meghan joined him for the WellChild awards.
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