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Camilla visits cancer charity and children’s book centre during Newcastle visit

The Duchess of Cornwall embarked on quite a busy day in Newcastle on Wednesday.

Three events saw Camilla tour Maggie’s Newcastle, visit Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children’s Books and make a stop at the Laing Art Gallery.

During the first engagement of the day, Camilla toured Maggie’s Newcastle and met with staff and centre visitors supported by the cancer charity as well as members of the centre’s popular ‘Monday Morning for Men’ group.

The Duchess has a cup of tea with members of the 'Monday Morning for Men' group. Photo courtesy of Tim McGuinness @timmcguinness3

The Duchess has a cup of tea with members of the ‘Monday Morning for Men’ group. Photo courtesy of Tim McGuinness @timmcguinness3

Maggie’s offers free hands-on, emotional and social support to people with cancer as well as their family and friends. Camilla became President of Maggie’s in November 2008.

Camilla met some of those who operate the ‘Daft as a Brush’ service, which transports cancer patients to and from hospital in custom-made vehicles. The service operates in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Durham, Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas.

The Duchess “is passionate about Maggie’s work and has shown her commitment to the charity by visiting many of the Maggie’s Centres across England, Wales and Scotland, and hosting several events in support of Maggie’s. As Maggie’s President, Her Royal Highness has made a huge difference to Maggie’s and has brought great joy to many of the people who use their Centres across the country,” Maggie’s commented.

In 2014, Maggie’s Newcastle saw over 16,000 visits to its Centre of which 6,000 were by men. The Centre provides a full programme of support including a weekly support group – Monday Morning for Men.

The second engagement on Wednesday, she paid a visit to Seven Stories: the National Centre for Children’s Books. Whilst there, she will toured the centre, attic performance space, the ‘Moving Stories’ exhibition and the archive room. Her visit also included meeting with staff, school children and local groups who utilise the services and programmes offered by the museum.

Seven Stories is the National Centre for Children’s Books. Its goal is to advocate children’s books as a fundamental part of our childhood, our national heritage and our culture, and to encourage a love of reading across generations.

Elizabeth Hammill OBE and Mary Briggs OBE founded Seven Stories in 1996. They realised that the country necessitated an organisation whose mission was to gather, advocate and celebrate its children’s literature.

Reading of course is Camiila’s passion and she dedicates herself to championing literacy throughout the UK.

Housed in a converted Victorian warehouse, Seven Stories is just that, seven floors which have been painstakingly restored to house galleries for exhibitions, performances and creative space, a specialist children’s bookshop and a café.

On final engagement of the day, The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Laing Art Gallery and toured the exhibition of paintings by Jonathan Yeo with the artist

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Laing Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of Tim McGuinness @timmcguinness3

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Laing Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of Tim McGuinness @timmcguinness3

One of the world’s leading portrait artists, Jonathan Yeo is internationally recognised for his portraits of some of the most famous people in the world. The retrospective,

Jonathan Yeo Portraits opened at the Laing Art Gallery, in November.

The exhibition includes a number of new paintings, which have never been displayed publicly before, including a painting of The Duchess of Cornwall.

Photo Credits: Tim McGuinness @timmcguinness3

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