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Prince Harry jokes with children and serves up lunch at London youth centre during half-term

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 19/02/2019 23:30:52 Sophie Williams
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Prince Harry today paid a visit to a half-term project in south London that works to feed local children and keep them fit.

The Duke of Sussex visited the Streatham Youth and Community Trust's John Corfield Centre to see the national Fit and Fed campaign in action.

Images from his visit show the duke talking to some of the young participants and handing out food at lunchtime.

The children spent time enjoying the trampolining facilities during Harry's visit, while others played pool.

Prince Harry holding a teddy bear: Britain's Prince Harry poses for a photo with a participant during his visit to a 'Fit and Fed' half-term initiative in London (REUTERS) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedBritain's Prince Harry poses for a photo with a participant during his visit to a 'Fit and Fed' half-term initiative in London (REUTERS)

The duke described youth centres where young people have for generations met to do activities and socialise, as vital "community" hubs providing spaces where they could talk about the issues affecting them.

Prince Harry et al. sitting at a table with a plate of food: The Duke of Sussex serves a hot healthy lunch to children during a visit to Streatham Youth and Community Trust's John Corfield Centre (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedThe Duke of Sussex serves a hot healthy lunch to children during a visit to Streatham Youth and Community Trust's John Corfield Centre (PA)

Speaking later about some of the issues with panel discussion groups, he said: "We're adding to social isolation, whether it's the nine-year-old on the phone, or on computer games or whatever it is, for young people nowadays to be caught up in a world like this, we are adding to a whole list of issues that already existed.

"And then by closing places like this down - the one place which they really have to come and have a normal conversation, be it about mental health, their lifestyle, issues at home, whatever it is.

Prince Harry sitting on a couch: The Duke of Sussex speaks to participants as they watch a trampolining session during a visit to Streatham (PA) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media LimitedThe Duke of Sussex speaks to participants as they watch a trampolining session during a visit to Streatham (PA)

"We all understand it, we all get it, but these places are literally a community hub, and I don't think people over the years have actually understood or realised how vital this is to the younger generation."

Launched in 2016, Fit and Fed is a campaign led by StreetGames which aims to tackle the holiday gap of hunger, inactivity and isolation.

The project offers activity sessions and a nutritious meal every day for local children and the duke has visited a number of the projects in recent years.

He was joined by Streatham MP Chuka Umunna who said the youth centre was providing a vital service to young people in his community.

Mr Umunna said Harry's visit would "shine a light on all the good work that's being done, in order to attract funding".

Additional reporting by PA.

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