Duke of York visits The Children’s Foundation

His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG, attended an event at Mansion House, Jesmond as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of The Children’s Foundation.

The Children’s Foundation helps disabled, disadvantaged or distressed children and young people throughout the North East and Cumbria since its formation in 1990, and His Royal Highness  is supporting  ‘…because minding matters,’ a brand new appeal which focuses on children’s mental health issues in the region.

As well as aiming to raise £2million to help improve the mental health and well-being of youngsters, the appeal supports children, families and professionals working in mental health and the provision of services to tackle mental health illnesses.

The Duke commented: “I believe exactly in what The Children’s Foundation stands for because it stands for fundamental values and also it looks after young people.

“It looks after children who are probably in the greatest need for a whole range of care.

“But, more than that, the NHS, which is a wonderful organisation, doesn’t necessarily have time or resources to be able to look at the rather larger base level of prevention. That is what The Children’s Foundation is so good at.

“I’m a fundamental believer that prevention is so much better than having to go through the problems of cure, and it is interesting how over the years the importance of different aspects of healthcare rise and fall in what I would describe as the importance of priority.

“But it is absolutely evident that mental health, particularly for young people, today is what should concern us.”

Amongst the guests were a number of local businesses, medical professionals and local dignitaries showing their support to the appeal.

To donate to the ‘…because minding matters campaign’ click here