The Duchess of Cambridge visits Shooting Star CHASE children’s hospice

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The Duchess met children and families supported by Shooting Star CHASE, a charity which cares for more than 650 families across London and Surrey who have a child with a life-limiting condition.

As part of her visit The Duchess enjoyed a special afternoon tea with children and their families, observed a music therapy session and joined children in an arts and crafts activity.

A video posted on the Telegraph website shows The Duchess of Cambridge playing with a frog puppet during  the music session and sharing a group hug with three young girls who gave her a posy of pink roses.

In a private room she comforted the parents of a one-year-old girl who died on Tuesday. The parents lost their five-year-old son from the same condition, spinal muscular atrophy, six weeks ago.

The Duchess also spent time with representatives of the 650 volunteers who give their time across the entire charity including in its hospices, shops and support office.

Shooting Star CHASE’s Chief Executive, David Burland said:

“We are honoured to have welcomed Her Royal Highness to Shooting Star House. The Duchess is a committed supporter of children’s hospices and showed great knowledge about our vital work supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families. She also took time to speak to families, volunteers and staff to learn more about the impact of our work and the wider palliative care network.”

The Duchess became royal patron of East Anglia Children’s Hospices (Each) following her marriage to the Duke of Cambridge and has become involved in the extended hospice network around the UK.

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