Our charity champion to meet the Prince

Anthony Day
Anthony Day

A CHARITABLE broadcast journalist is in for a right royal treat after receiving an invitation to meet Prince William.

Hartlepool man Anthony Day has done his fair share for good causes after helping set up town cancer charity Miles for Men and work on anti-bullying schemes, for which he received a Princess Diana Award in 2007.

But the modest 24-year-old, who lives in Alfred Street, on the Headland, was “gobsmacked” when he received two emails from Kensington Palace.

The first asked if he would like to attend an event to meet a mystery guest, and the second revealed that the guest would be the Duke of Cambridge.

The former English Martyrs School pupil snapped up the opportunity, and is now gearing up to meet Prince William at Haven Point Leisure Centre, in South Shields, on Friday, November 22.

Today Anthony said: “I was overwhelmed really. To meet someone like him will just be amazing and a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. It will be a huge honour.

“It’ll be great to be able to talk to him about Hartlepool and Miles for Men, and to be able to put the town and the charity on the map. It’ll be a great chance for him to remembers us.”

Anthony won a Princess Diana Award – which he received for his work at school on setting up one of the first ever Fairtrade Young Co-operatives and for helping to make Hartlepool a Fairtrade town – in 2007, and he went to London to meet former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Then he went on to work with the Princess Diana Award team to help them promote anti-bullying initiatives and set up a young people’s website.

Following that, the Leeds University graduate who now works for the BBC, helped set up Miles for Men with his uncle, Michael Day, following the death of his granddad Michael Day Snr, of throat cancer at the age of 67, in 2007.

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