The Duchess of Cambridge joined families from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) to plant a garden at one of the charity’s sites, helping to mark the end of Children’s Hospice Week last week.
Using plants bought during her visit to Fakenham Garden Centre last week, The Duchess worked alongside an EACH volunteer gardener, staff and two families to help create a space for children and families to enjoy, using sensory plants such as lavender, bay and rosemary. The garden also contains strawberry plants, herbs, geraniums and hydrangeas in a calming lilac colour scheme.
The Duchess also met with staff from EACH’s care and facilities teams to thank them for the work they do supporting children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
In a message about Children’s Hospice Week, the Duchess said: “This Children’s Hospice Week, I’d like to thank the amazing staff for all the work that you do in children’s hospices around the UK. The care and the nurture that you provide children and families in the most unimaginable circumstances is just awe inspiring.
“I’d also like to pay tribute to all those families out there who are caring for and looking after a child with a life-limiting illness. You do the most extraordinary job and I know it’s particularly hard at the moment so my thoughts go out to you all.”
The Duchess has been Royal Patron of EACH since 2012 and attended the official opening of The Nook, one of the hospice’s purpose-built facilities, in November last year. Last week she joined The Duchess of Cornwall in a call with their children’s hospice patronages to mark the start of Children’s Hospice Week 2020.
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