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13 July 2010, 06:54
Prince Harry will today visit a charity that trains dogs to help improve the lives of injured members of the armed forces and disabled civilians.
The 25-year-old royal, who is a serving member of the British military, will travel to Midhurst, West Sussex, to meet supporters and clients of the charity Canine Partners, formed 20 years ago.
A spokesman for the organisation said: "The dogs are carefully matched to the applicant's needs and lifestyle, no matter how challenging. They are trained to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading the washing machine, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.
"The charity aims to train dogs to meet the needs of people with even the most complex disabilities including members of the Armed Forces.'' Harry is training to become an Apache helicopter pilot and along with his brother Prince William is a supporter of the Forces charity Help for Heroes. In the evening the 25-year-old royal will attend the Royal British Legion's Friends of the Forces Awards at the National Liberal Club in London's Whitehall.
The Prince will meet the nominees, who range in age from 12 to 70, and their families and during the awards ceremony, present one honour and make a short speech.