The Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to the EACH hospice at Quidenham, Norfolk
(photo Kensington Palace Twitter)
It is a cause very close to Kate's heart and today the Duchess of Cambridge was back giving her support to children's hospices. Kate visited EACH at Quidenham in Norfolk to meet families and those who look after them and to hear about the work going on to bring this vital support to even more people.
Kate has been royal patron of the East Anglia's Children's Hospices since 2012 and gave one of her first major speeches as a royal at an event in support of them. In 2014, she helped launch the nook appeal which aims to raise 10 million pounds for a new hospice to be built at Framlingham Earl in Norfolk to give more families the chance to benefit from expert care, guidance and help.Today, she spent time at the present hospice at Quidenham to hear how it helps people and to find out how the nook appeal is getting on.
The Duchess arrives to a spectacular welcome @EACH_hospices in Quidenham, which supports families and cares for children across Norfolk pic.twitter.com/HL5E9a8OPr— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) January 24, 2017
There was a big turnout for the Duchess of Cambridge with groups of children waiting for her as she arrived in Quidenham. There was time for a walkabout and a chat before Kate headed inside to speak to families and those looking after them.
This was a Kate engagement, everyone, and we all know that this duchess rarely walks past a chance to get her hands mucky and enjoy some art. That was the same at Quidenham as she joined children and their families enjoying art therapy, helping with painting and colouring and spent time in the Sensory Room.
Nell Cork, whose brother Finnbar died aged five last year, presented The Duchess with flowers upon her arrival at Quidenham pic.twitter.com/yYaTV6RZqd— EACH (@EACH_hospices) January 24, 2017
As well as talking to those being supported at Quidenham, Kate met the volunteers and staff there who explained why a new, purpose built hospice - the aim of the nook appeal - would make such a big difference.
They had a very receptive audience in Kate who has made work for the children's hospice movement a priority since her marriage in 2011. As well as work with EACH, which just last year saw her attend a gala dinner at Houghton Hall and open a charity shop in Holt, Norfolk and give us all a giggle by trying on the hats, she also highlighted children's hospices during her tour of Australia in 2014. It was clear today that EACH and those it looks after mean a lot to Kate. The Duchess of Cambridge is most at home helping one of her favourite charities.