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Inspirational children in the North West meet Prince Harry

Prince Harry was won over by a young boy who greeted him with a passionate hug at an awards ceremony to recognise the courage of seriously ill children and their families.

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Hugs and hi-fives for Harry from Lancashire tot

Prince Harry was won over by a young boy from Lancashire who greeted him with a hug at an awards ceremony to recognise the courage of seriously ill children and their families. The Prince met with winners of the 10th annual WellChild Awards at the Hilton in Park Lane, central London.

Four-year-old Carson Hartley from Oswaldtwistle, who has a heart defect and is fitted with a portable ventilator, wasted no time in running straight up to the Prince and wrapping his arms around his legs.

The pair then exchanged a number of high fives while the Prince chatted to Carson's parents about his complex heart condition.

Prince Harry meets Carson Hartley aged four, Inspirational child winner 3-6, with his mum Kirsty and dad Damian during the WellChild Awards ceremony.

His mother Kirsty said: "We were worried he was going to high-five Prince Harry in the face he was so excited.

"Harry got down on his knees and had a big smile on his face while he was chatting to Carson, he couldn't believe how active he was despite all the conditions he has.

"He said he thought he was inspirational for still being so happy, but he also said that parents must be recognised too for how hard they work, which was really nice to hear."

The awards recognise the courage of children and young people living with serious illnesses as well as the dedicated families, nurses and doctors who care for them.

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