Kate’s royal boost for children’s hospices

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HER Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is now the Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (Each).

The charity, which delivers care and support to life-threatened children and their families across Norfolk, Suffolk Cambridgeshire and Essex, announced the Duchess of Cambridge’s acceptance of the honorary position yesterday.

Graham Butland, Each chief executive, said the charity was ‘honoured and extremely proud’ to have the Duchess as Royal Patron.

He said: “Having our work recognised in this way is not only a tribute to our staff and supporters, but a huge boost for the children, young people and families receiving our care and support.”

“The Duchess’s support will help us increase the awareness and understanding of the full range of services we offer children and families, and really celebrates the great work being done by all children’s hospices across the UK.

“We’re also very excited to be one of only a select number of organisations to be invited to join The Princes’ Forum, which brings together the charitable interests of The Duchess, The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and look forward to the many opportunities that will bring.”

The Duchess is also patron of Action on Addiction, The Art Room, National Portrait Gallery and a volunteer in the Scout Association.