Prince Harry And Meghan Attend Endeavour Fund Awards Credit Endeavour Fund
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Prince Harry And Meghan Attend Endeavour Fund Awards

They celebrated the achievements of wounded, injured and sick military veterans who have taken on challenges to aid their recovery.

Prince Harry And Meghan Attend Endeavour Fund Awards Credit Endeavour Fund

Prince Harry, who served in the Army for 10 years, is known for supporting causes that help veterans and founded the Invictus Games in 2014 (Picture: Endeavour Fund).

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex celebrated the achievements of wounded, injured and sick military veterans who have taken on challenges to aid their recovery, on Thursday evening at the Endeavour Awards.

During the ceremony, Prince Harry and Meghan praised all nine of the nominees who had been put forward for their achievements since leaving the Armed Forces.

The Endeavour Fund is a body set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex to fund inspiring projects aiding the recovery of veterans.

During the evening, Prince Harry paid tribute to the courage and achievements of military personnel who've been injured or have fallen ill in service.

Since its launch in 2012, the Endeavour Fund has supported 86 different projects that have helped more than 5,000 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Out of nine nominees, there were only three awards up for grabs.

They were the Celebrating Excellence Award, the Recognising Achievement Award and a final award which was later named after an adventurer who died trying to cross the Antartic.

The Duchess presented the Celebrating Excellence Award to veteran Nathan Forster, a former Private in the Parachute Regiment, whose left leg was seriously injured in an explosion - but despite his injury, he is now a pilot.

The Recognising Achievement Award went to former Corporal Kelly Ganfield, who was medically discharged in 2005 and suffers from visual impairment as well as epilepsy.

She also competed in the 2017 and 2018 Invictus Games, Harry's sporting championship for wounded military. Kelly further thanked Harry for supporting the UK's military.

The third award named in memory of adventurer Henry Worsley, who died trying to complete the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic, was awarded to Shaun Pascoe, a former RAF officer who, after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, set up a Forces' sailing charity.

SSVC Backs Expedition Paying Tribute To Henry Worsley
Adventurer Henry Worsley died trying to complete the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic.

At the ceremony, Meghan thanked all of the nominees for being brave and an inspiration to many.

"What you're doing is inspiring so many people - so thank you from all of us for being that inspiration."

​​​​Harry gave the closing speech during the awards, hosted by Ross Kemp, and said they now wanted those supported by the fund to have a wider positive effect on the world.

He said: "So I'm afraid it's no longer just about you.

"It's also about those around you, your friends and family, those in your local community and the community at large.

"These endeavours are hopefully not only reminding you that you are valued members of society but also the very best kind of role models we could ask for.

"So from now on, when you're getting involved with an endeavour, we're going to ask you to think about how you will use your experience to impact those around you, be it in your own home or the world at large."