Friday, 18 April 2014

Kate's cause

At the start of her marriage, the Duchess of Cambridge became patron to four charities covering four different causes.  And as she approaches her third wedding anniversary, it seems that one is becoming her particular devotion.  The children's hospice movement has been at the forefront of Kate's agenda on her tour of New Zealand and Australia and her involvement is helping shine the spotlight on the cause.

The Duchess of Cambridge at the children's hospice, Bear Cottage, which she visited during her trip to Australia

Her latest engagements in Sydney have included a visit to the children's hospice, Bear Cottage, which is one of only two in Australia and those involved in proving palliative care to young people with life limiting illnesses are hoping that Kate's involvement and support of their cause will lead to more hospices being set up where needed.  The duchess showed just how much her visit meant to her, sitting on a bench in the sunshine and joining in music therapy as well as playing with the children.

The duchess was clearly affected by her time at the children's hospice, Bear Cottage, in Sydney

Kate made her only speech of the tour at Bear Cottage where she spoke of the importance of palliative care for children.  And later she said that she had found it hard not to let a tear fall in her time there.  Her visit, and her speech, have given global attention to a cause that is close to her heart.  And left us in little doubt that Kate has found her cause and will do everything she can for it.

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