The Duchess of Cambridge has made a private visit to children’s hospice in Ipswich recently.
The Duchess has spoken about the incredible work done by palliative care staff for sick children after visiting The Treehouse hospice in Ipswich, which is part of the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH).
The aim of the visit for the Duchess was to learn more about the support provided for children with life threatening conditions. Catherine also inquired about the role that volunteers can play in hospices, an issue that is very close to her heart and being explored further with her foundation.
Kate said, “Around the clock support is crucial for children receiving palliative care. They and their families need help every hour of every day, both at home and in hospices. As Patron of EACH , I have seen first hand this remarkable and varied work and just how vital the support of staff and volunteers can be. Please continue supporting your local children’s hospice in whatever way you can”.
The Treehouse Hospice has six bedrooms for children and young people as well as accommodation for families to stay overnight. The hospice also offers a multi-sensory studio, hydrotherapy pool, music room and specialist outdoor play equipment.
Chief Executive of EACH, Graham Butland said “As our Royal Patron, Her Royal Highness has really helped put children’s services in the UK at the forefront of people’s minds. The very active role the Duchess plays, both publicly and privately, is considerable and much appreciated by our staff, volunteers and of course the children, young people and their families”.
The Duchess is not only a supporter of children’s hospices in the UK, but abroad too. During the New Zealand and Australia tour back in April, Catherine visited Rainbow Place, a children’s hospice in Hamilton, New Zealand. When William and Kate went on to Australia, it was reported that they both held back tears during their visit to Bear Cottage Hospice in Manly, Sydney where they met a nine month old baby who had only weeks to live: at the time Prince George was the same age.
Photo Credit: Government House NZ/Woolfe/Crown