On Friday, Prince Harry made a special house call to the home of a seriously ill 5-year-old boy in northern England.
Oliver Rooney suffers from Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder that causes him to have a variety of complex needs. He’s in the process of receiving a garden makeover from Helping Hands, which is supported by the prince’s charity WellChild, to transform his family’s backyard into an outdoor space where he can play safely with his four brothers.
On the second day of his visit to #Leeds, Prince Harry has visited the family home of five year old Oliver, who is receiving support from @WellChild through their 'Helping Hands' project. The project will see Helping Hands volunteers transform Oliver’s garden into a space that he can finally access safely and enjoy with his siblings. HRH is Patron of WellChild, a charity that works with children suffering from serious illnesses or life-altering conditions. The transformation of Oliver's garden marks the completion of the 300th 'Helping Hands' project. 📷PA
His mother Elizabeth McOmish-Rooney said the visit was “something we’ll talk about forever” and added that Prince Harry is a “lovely man.”
“The way he interacted with the boys was fantastic and he put us all at ease,” she said. “It’s going to give us a space all the family can use. Previously, Oliver has had to be kept away from the other boys because of the condition of the garden at the bottom; now we’re all going to be able to play together.”
The royal was full of compliments for Rooney as well, calling her a “superwoman.” He later departed the home and continued his two-day visit to Leeds, stopping by Leeds Children’s Hospital, where he met with WellChild nurse Helen Tooby.
Prince Harry then travelled to Leeds Children Hospital to meet @WellChild nurse Helen Tooby and some of the families she supports. WellChild nurses such as Helen provide the specialist care and support required to help families get their children home from hospital quicker. Prince Harry chatted to Helen and some of the children and families who she has helped on their journey from hospital to home. 📷PA