The Duchess of Cambridge visited a children’s hospice aided by a charity of which she is the Royal Patron. The Duchess of Cambridge met several children today with life-threatening conditions and their family as she toured the centre in Quiddenham in Norfolk. The centre is run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), which also has hospices in Milton, Cambridge and Ipswich.
The hospice has specialist nursing care, symptom management support, several wellbeing activities, therapy and counselling. All of these activities are designed to meet the needs of the individual child and their parents. The hospice opened its doors in 1991 but has since outgrown its site. A new facility called The Nook is planned for Norfolk, to enable more families to use the same facilities as those offered by the sister sites.
Speaking before the Duchess of Cambridge’s visit, EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “We are very much looking forward to greeting Her Royal Highness once again, on what will be her first visit to our site in Quidenham.
“The Nook appeal will transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk, and we are moving ever closer to the halfway mark of £5 million.
“We still have some way to go before the new hospice can be built, though, and we need continued help from individuals, trusts and events, and as much corporate and community support as possible.”
The Duchess of Cambridge helped launch The Nook Appeal in 2014, and she was updated on the progress of the efforts to raise the necessary £10 million for the project by staff, supporters and families who she will meet at the Hospice.
Since becoming Royal Patron of EACH in 2012, the Duchess of Cambridge has played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services, not only in East Anglia but also in the rest of the UK.