one gifset per appearance → visit to north wales: towers residential outdoor education centre [4/4] (20/11/2015)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge then visited the Towers Residential Outdoor Education Centre in Capel Curig. Mountain Rescue Chairman Mike France, 63, said: “William asked us if we could help some of their vulnerable children from WellChild, ChildBereavement, Place2Be and Centrepoint, which we were delighted to do. It’s been a really fun day and the couple had a great time.” They also met young people from a local school who have all undertaken anti-stigma and discrimination training, to increase their awareness of how to face mental health problems among their peers. There, the royal couple tried abseiling and climbing. As they abseiled down the 40ft drop, the Duke and Duchess joked with each other. Instructor Phil Blain, 64, who helped the couple abseil, said: “If that was Kate’s first abseil she did fantastic. And that was probably the first time she’s held the life of the heir to the throne - and her husband - in her hands. At the bottom, William tried the more difficult climb first but sadly he slipped off almost half way up as it was very wet. He was on a rope so he was fine but he chose the easier side afterwards.”
Catherine also revealed how much she missed living in Wales: “I love it here. I really miss being here, being outside and in the mountains.” Pauline Hallett of Ogwen Mountain Rescue said: “William used to fly us around when he lived and worked up here and I was telling him about the new helicopters. Catherine then said how much George loved them. He knows all the different colours and asks her about all the parts. She laughed and said she tells George to ask Daddy as she has no idea.” The Duke and Duchess’ visit to Wales finished in the town of Denbigh, where William and Kate shone a spotlight on the mental health and wellbeing of young men. The royals heard about the work of the Men’s Shed movement – a nationwide initiative that is recognised for helping thousands of men across the UK.