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Prince Harry meets Row2Recovery fund-raising servicemen
Published 10/03/14

PRINCE Harry was in Henley today to present medals to servicemen who rowed across the Atlantic for charity.

He visited the River and Rowing Museum in Mill Meadows to meet the 10 team members who completed the Row2Recovery races in 2011 and 2013, four of whom were severely wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Harry arrived with Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and chairman of the Invictus Games.

They were greeted by Tim Stevenson, Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, and Paddy Nicoll, chairman of the River and Rowing Museum Trustees and trustee of Row2Recovery.

He was also welcomed by Nick Booth, chief executive of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, which created the Endeavour Fund that supported both races.

Harry, who was wearing a navy suit with a white shirt and red, patterned tie, chatted to museum visitors and signed the guestbook before heading upstairs to the Rowing Gallery where he met trustees and staff.

He presented medals to the 2011 Row2Recovery crew, Ed Janvrin, Alex Mackenzie, Carl Anstey, Cpl Neil Heritage, Will Dixon and Cpl Rory Mackenzie, and the 2013 crew, Cpl Cayle Royce, Capt Mark Jenkins, Cpl Scott Blaney and Capt James Kayll.

Harry joined them for a group photo before meeting Olympians and Paralympians including Sir Steve Redgrave, Capt Heather Stanning, Helen Glover, Nick Beighton and Rachel Morris.

He then cheered on Scott Blaney, Nick Hayward, David Wiseman, John Le Galloudec, Nick Beighton and Neil Heritage during a para-rowing demonstration.

Mr Nicoll, who escorted the Prince during his visit, said: “Today has been a great success. It has been a real privilege having the Prince here for Henley, the museum and the charity.

“He was most interested in how wounded military personnel were integrating into the Row2Recovery programme.”

Mr Janvrin, 34, who co-founded Row2Recovery with Mr Mackenzie, said: “It’s amazing that Prince Harry has managed to find time for us. It’s great to have had his support all the way.

“We were talking about the whole set up for Row2Recovery and the first row we did.

“He gets on really well with military people because of his background. He is completely relaxed and really puts people at ease.”

Harry had a private lunch with the guests before viewing some of the boats on display outside the museum, including the boat used in both Row2Recovery races. He shook hands with each crew member before leaving the museum.

A full report and more pictures will be published in the Henley Standard on Friday.

Published 10/03/14

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