Children from Helen & Douglas House decorate royal christmas tree

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Every year around Christmas time, the Duchess of Cornwall invites 12 children from Helen & Douglas House children’s hospice, along with their families, to come and help decorate the royal Christmas tree. The Duchess is a patron of Helen & Douglas and has carried out this special Christmas ritual every year since 2007.

Helen & Douglas House was the world’s first children’s hospice that opened their doors in 1982. The hospice is situated in Oxford, Oxfordshire in southern England and provides palliative care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and support for their families.

The Duchess invited the children and their families into her drawing room where the magnificent tree took over the room. Her Royal Highness carefully assisted the children to choose decorations and place each one on the tree. Once the grand occasion of decorating the tree was done, the children and families enjoyed tea of bangers and mash, decorated biscuits and chocolate Christmas trees.

At the end of the magical day the Duchess addressed the children and families “Its lovely to see you all and I hope you have enjoyed yourselves. This is one of my favourite things to do each year and seeing your faces as the door opens is magical. Helen & Douglas House is a wonderful, uplifting place. Everyone should visit it.”

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