Prince Harry In The Driving Seat At Goodwood
15 February 2014, 10:04 | Updated: 15 February 2014, 10:06
Prince Harry's meeting injured servicemen and women in West Sussex today who've benefited from a charity set up to help them rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit.
The Prince is patron of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and is visiting its track day at Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester to speak to soldiers supported by the the Endeavour Fund.
He will meet injured men and women, including Endeavour Fund grantees, and join them to drive classic cars at the track, as well as viewing an exhibition of Fund projects
The Fund, which was created by the Prince and the Foundation in 2011, plays an important role in ensuring that more wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women have the opportunity to rediscover their self-belief and fighting spirit through physical challenges.
It does this by offering funding for new events and helping new projects with advice, hands-on support and mentoring, a spokeswoman for Kensington Palace said.
So far, The Endeavour Fund has supported more than 300 men and women via projects including the Walking With The Wounded trek to the South Pole, Race2Recovery, Walk On Wales, Flying For Freedom and a Fastnet Race team.
Prince Harry will also meet Battle of Britain RAF pilots, Spitfire pilot instructors and view a Spitfire in the hangar at Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood to launch a scholarship for wounded ex-servicemen and women.
With the mentoring support of The Endeavour Fund, the Academy is working with Aerobility and Flying For Freedom, a non-profit organisation partnered with Help for Heroes whose mission is to create virtual flying schools across the UK staffed and run by the wounded, injured and sick.
Aerobility is a registered charity offering disabled people the opportunity to fly an aeroplane.
Its specially adapted aircraft fly from airfields across the UK and support more than 400 disabled and wounded soldiers, and sensory impaired people every year, the palace spokeswoman said.
The Boultbee Flight Academy is the only accredited Spitfire training school in the world, offering flight training on Harvards, Chipmunks, Tiger Moths and two Spitfire TR9s.
Instruction is provided by military, ex-military and civilian pilots, including three officers who previously commanded the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon test pilot and Rolls Royce's chief test pilot.