Jumat, 07 Juni 2013

Naomi House Children’s Hospice

Kate is presented with a bouquet of flowers by Sally Evans.

On April 29, 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Naomi House & jacks place in Hampshire to mark the beginning of Children’s Hospice Week 2013.

Kate's visit comes on her and husband William's second wedding anniversary, and at the start of "Children's Hospice Week".

Kate was welcomed with a warm round of applause by waiting crowds on her arrival, and was presented with a bouquet by eight year old Sally Evans, from Salisbury, Wilts, who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy.

Naomi House provides support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families living in Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire. Children’s Hospice Week is run by the charity Together for Short Lives to raise money for Britain’s 49 hospices. Together they support about 7,700 sick children and their families.

Kate meeting children and staff in the hydrotherapy pool.

The charity has two specialist units: Naomi House for children and Jacksplace for young adults.

At the end of her tour, the Duchess joined a tea party with some of Naomi House’s children and their families, who gathered to support Children’s Hospice Week.

During her visit to the hospice, Kate toured the institution's facilities and met children and their families, staff, volunteers and supporters of the charity. The hospice needs to raise £7 million a year from the public to provide accommodation, expert counselling and support for dying children and their loved ones.

Kate arriving at Naomi House Children's Hospice.

Kate with Professor Khalid Aziz (right), Chairman of Naomi House.
Kate recently released her first video message in support of Children’s Hospice Week, which runs until May 3rd. It is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week for children with life-limiting conditions and the services.

Coordinated by Together for Short Lives, Children’s Hospice Week will this year focus on siblings to raise awareness of how services support brothers and sisters of poorly children through special groups and activities.

To mark the beginning to Children's Hospice Week in the UK, the Duchess of Cambridge has released her first video message (click on to watch).

Kate is a patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH) and the video features images of her touring one of its centres. Before choosing to support EACH, Kate visited its centre in Milton, Cambridgeshire, which was opened in 1989 by Princess Diana.

After Kate visited Naomi House, she greeted school children who had patiently lined up outside and waited for her.

she greeted school children who had patiently lined up outside and waited for her.

During her visit to Naomi House, Kate was presented with a picture of the Hungry Caterpillar made of cotton, the material which represents two years of marriage.

Kate wore a £380.00 peach coloured cotton twill coat by Paris designer Tara Jarmon coat and matching coloured dress believed to have been designed by an independent dress maker. 

She also wore her favourite nude coloured Sledge2 patent leather courts by LK Bennett, and carried a matching coloured L.K. Bennett Avona Clutch  bag, costing £195.00.   

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