It was with immense pride and honour that Prince Harry and Ms. Markle personally chose The Wilderness Foundation UK as one of seven charities to receive donations in place of wedding gifts, in celebration of their wedding on 19th May 2018.
The couple wished for the generosity of spirit shown to them by the public since their engagement, to continue to benefit as many people as possible through their chosen charities, such as ourselves. Our focus on mental wellbeing and connecting people to wild nature resonated with the couple, reflecting issues which had been of particular interest over their lives.
Donations helped support the work of the charity in transforming the lives of vulnerable young people with personal and mental health issues, growing environmental awareness through education and leadership, and connecting people and communities to green space and the value of time spent outdoors.
Jo Roberts, CEO of The Wilderness Foundation UK, said: “We are deeply touched and honoured that Prince Harry and Ms Markle have chosen to support The Wilderness Foundation and it’s 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.”