On November 15, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened The Nook in Norfolk.
Five years ago The Duchess of Cambridge helped launch The Nook Appeal, which aimed to raise £10 million for a purpose-built children’s hospice which includes a hydrotherapy pool, state-of-the-art sensory room and music studio. The Nook will also offer specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, wellbeing activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services.
During her visit The Duchess toured the facilities, including the hydrotherapy pool and state-of-the-art sensory room, she also met and participated in activities with children and their families.
At the end of her visit Catherine gave a short speech to 300 invited guests, saying in part: “…EACH was one of the very first charities that I decided to become Patron of after my marriage. Whilst a lot has changed since then, my commitment and support for this wonderful organisation and the work that you do has not.
Over the years, I have seen first-hand the depth of EACH’s reputation as a standard-bearer in children’s hospice care, both here in the U.K. and internationally too, during my visits to Malaysia and Australia.
Your hugely dedicated and talented team are at the core of this success and I wanted especially today to thank you, Graham, for everything you have done over the past sixteen years and to wish you a very happy retirement.
The Nook Hospice is a fitting tribute to all your staff, its generous supporters and its awe-inspiring children and families who I have been so lucky to meet here today. I therefore could not be more delighted to invite my army of little helpers to join me in officially opening this new hospice….”
Her Royal Highness has been Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices since January 2012, a charity that offers support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supports families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. They offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies; at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
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