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Hug for Harry from five-year-old winner Ollie at WellChild awards

Published 03/10/2016

Prince Harry greets Inspirational Child Award Winner Ollie Carroll at the WellChild Awards in London
Prince Harry greets Inspirational Child Award Winner Ollie Carroll at the WellChild Awards in London
Prince Harry arrives for the WellChild Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London
Prince Harry meets guests at the WellChild Awards, which recognise the courage of seriously ill children, their families and carers
Prince Harry meets Inspirational Child Award Winner Myzat Mugombo
Harry chats to Inspirational Child Award Winner Samuel Merrick (second left), and his father Paul
Prince Harry meets Inspirational Young Person Award Winner Myles Sketchley
Prince Harry with Good Morning Britain Inspirational Young Hero Award Winner Jessica Davis and her mother Paula
Hugo Taylor and Spencer Matthews from Made In Chelsea attend the WellChild Awards
Janet Ellis arrives for the awards
Dick and Dom also put in an appearance
Diversity at the Dorchester Hotel
Katie Piper at the WellChild Awards
Scouting For Girls arrive for the WellChild Awards

A young boy whose debilitating medical condition means he is barely able to walk has used his strength to stand up and give Prince Harry a hug.

Ollie Carroll, five, suffers from the rare Batten disease, which affects his mobility and will soon lead to the point where his muscles stop working.

But when the youngster, from Poynton, Cheshire, met Harry at the WellChild awards - where he was receiving the Inspirational Child award for ages four to six - he stood up to embrace Harry.

The Prince, who is patron of the WellChild charity, was at the event to recognise the courage of children living with serious illness and the medical professionals who care for them.

Ollie's mother Lucy said she was not sure whether he knew who he was hugging, but he was instinctively drawn to Harry, leaving his arms tightly wrapped around his neck for several seconds.

She said: "He was thrilled - they both were. He (Harry) is very privileged because Ollie cannot stand up by himself and he used his strength to stand up and hug him."

Before the glittering ceremony, with a guest list including Sir Rod Stewart, the Prince mingled with the winners.

He revealed to one girl that his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, was "embarrassing all the time".

Jessica Davis, 10, was receiving the Young Hero award for caring for her mother Paula, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and her autistic brother, also called William.

She presented Harry with a drawing of himself and told him her brother was "really embarrassing".

She said: "He then said that Prince William was embarrassing all the time."

As well as hugs and drawings, Harry was presented with a monkey made from two socks by eight-year-old lung disease sufferer Samuel Merrick.

He also had an unusual inquiry from three-year-old Oscar - whose mother Jill Evans was one of the winners of the Special Recognition Award - who asked Harry whether he had "any giraffes in his garden".

Eleven young winners were chosen at the awards from hundreds of nominations, as well as a host of adult recipients.

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