The Duchess of Cambridge was out today visiting the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Quidenham.
EACH continues to fundraise for a new, modern facility for the hospice charity The Nook, in nearby Framingham Earl. Today, she met with families and staff to support those fighting life-limiting conditions and those who have lost family members.
People Magazine reported some very heartwarming stories from the event, such as when Kate met the family of 6-year-old Isabelle Benton, who uses the hospice services. Isabelle’s mother, Michala Benton, shared that “…[Kate] recognized us, as we have met her before. She was quite chatty. My daughter Daisy asked Kate what it was like to be a real princess, and Kate said she’s very lucky that she’s very well looked after by her husband. Molly gave her a picture she had made at preschool.”
Michaela also added that Kate “… Spent time talking to her and asking us how EACH helps us as a family and what Isabella likes to do here. She was totally genuine, she spent time talking to each family. She made a comment about one girl’s glittery shoes, on their level, knelt down to their level and you could see she genuinely cares. There are no airs and graces, she is totally natural. You can see she wants to be there and see what the families are going through. She is a genuine, caring woman.”
For today’s events, Kate wore new pieces – an emerald green suit by Hobbs London and a silk blouse by South African designer Gerard Darel. The Hobbs skirt and jacket are called the “Sinead” and are already sold out as they were from an older collection.
It is the first time that Kate has worn something from South African designer Gerard Darel. The Gerard Darel brand was established in 1971 by founders Gerard and Daniele Darel. Championing a simple, chic and ultra-feminine aesthetic, Gerard Darel has embodied French elegance for over 40 years. The brand has continually displayed soft, dulcet tones and classic chic cuts at the core of its timeless and refined pieces.The blouse Kate wore today is called the Josephine and is sold out.
Kate paired her new pieces today with her black suede Gianvito Rossi heels, Kiki McDonough Morganite Drop earrings and her suede Mulberry Bayswater clutch.
If you are able, please consider making a donation to EACH to support their worthwhile cause. We will have more details coming up on how you can support this cause that Kate obviously feels so passionate about, but here is some information about what the nook appeal, the fundraising effort, is trying to do.
The nook appeal is our vision to transform children’s palliative care in Norfolk and deliver even better children’s hospice care services. This include a new purpose-built hospice in the heart of the county, called the nook. The new site will replace our current hospice in Quidenham, a building not designed or equipped in the way our other two hospices are. Given its age and design we can’t develop the building more than we already have. Accessibility is really limited, as is flexibility, and there just isn’t the scope to expand. It’s on two floors with narrow doorways and corridors and just a single small lift to allow wheelchair access upstairs. We believe families in Norfolk need to receive the very best services in an accessible purpose-built environment.
We have found some great repliKates for Kate’s blouse today. All the details are on repliKate.
We will see Kate attending another engagement next week.