Which charities are royal couple supporting on their big day?
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Instead of wedding presents, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are asking for charitable donations. So which organisations have they decided to support?
The official royal family website explains that the couple “are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit.
“The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.”
Prince Harry and Ms Markle are set to marry at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, on Saturday, May 19. They have selected seven charities they would like to support, explaining that these are causes which reflect their shared values.
The royal bride and groom do not have any formal relationships with these charities, but all the chosen good causes represent issues they care deeply about.
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Their chosen charities are:
Scotty’s Little Soldiers
Based in East Anglia, this charity is dedicated to supporting British Forces children and young people. It is inspired by the experience of Army wife Nikki Scott, from King’s Lynn in Norfolk, who set up the charity in her husband’s name after he was killed in Afghanistan. The charity offers a lifeline to hundreds of bereaved children who have lost a parent in the armed forces, To find out more, visit the charity’s website.
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Surfers Against Sewage
A national marine conservation charity, Surfers Against Sewage campaigns to protect our seas, beaches and wildlife. Tackling plastic pollution is now its number one priority. It has an East Coast branch which organises beach cleans in the area. To find out more about its work on the East Coast, see the website.
As a national charity for homeless people, Crisis works directly with thousands of homeless people every year. It offers support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas in England, Scotland and Wales. For more details, see the website.
Set up by organisers of neighbourhood sports projects, StreetGames works to enable young people from disadvantaged communities to take part in sport. It promotes Doorstep Sport, a network of neighbourhood-based projects. To find out more, see the website.
CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association)
This charity supports young people and children across the UK and Ireland who are growing up with HIV, and runs a five-day support camp for youngsters each year. It also develops projects to engage children. For more information, visit the website.
Myna Mahila Foundation
Working to empower women in the slums of Mumbai, India, Myna provides women with stable employment in their own area. It breaks taboos by offering women access to low-cost sanitary pads, which are manufactured and distributed within their communities. Meghan Markle visited the charity last year. To find out more, visit the website.
The Wilderness Foundation UK
This charity promotes enjoyment of wild nature and the great outdoors. It works to change the lives of vulnerable young people and adults, using wilderness therapy to support mental health issues, and educating people about the value of nature. For more details, see the website.