Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Harry tests nappy-changing skills

Harry was greeted by dozens of screaming schoolchildren as he arrived at the Headway charity in Nottingham
Harry was greeted by dozens of screaming schoolchildren as he arrived at the Headway charity in Nottingham
Harry, pictured with Dominic Hurley, was tasked with changing a nappy with one hand
Harry also met double Olympic gold medallist and Headway vice president James Cracknell
Harry wore a pair of goggles to experience what it is like to have a brain injury

Prince Harry showed he might need to brush up his skills before he becomes an uncle later this year after being tasked with changing a nappy during a visit to a brain injury charity.

The 28-year-old Prince was given the task as he visited the Headway charity in Nottingham as part of an official visit to the city.

He was following in his mother's footsteps as he officially opened the new headquarters of the charity, as Diana, Princess of Wales was its royal patron between 1991 and 1996.

During the visit, the Prince took part in an interactive workshop, which demonstrated the effects that brain injuries can have on performing everyday tasks.

One of the tasks involved the Prince changing a nappy on a doll with one hand. Struggling to fasten the sides of the nappy, he said: "This is exactly how my brother is going to be." As photographers snapped away, he joked: "All the mothers will be saying 'Don't let him near the children'."

Dominic Hurley, 40, from Rotherham, suffered life-changing brain injuries in a moped incident in 1994. Mr Hurley lost the feeling down one side of his body following the accident and had to change his daughter Nina's nappy with one hand, just as the Prince attempted.

After a quick change out of his suit and into a black fleece and jeans, the Prince went on to visit Russell Youth Club in St Ann's, Nottingham and the Confetti Institute of Creative Industries in the city centre. After meeting members of KK Boxing, which engages with hard-to-reach youngsters, Harry stepped into the ring against 11-year-old Shabaz Baz.

Harry also watched a group of children perform a rap for him but gracefully declined to have a go himself.

He rounded off his first visit to the city at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies, which provides training in the creative industry. The institute is part of the consortium which will run Nottingham's first local television station Notts TV, due to start broadcasting on Freeview from next year.

The Prince met film, TV, music and gaming students who are studying at the institute. During the visit, he got the chance to read a news bulletin from an autocue and to test his DJ skills behind the decks. Students had also created an avatar of the Prince, allowing him to play a computer game as himself.

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