Published 24 January 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge visits East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) in Quidenham, as it continues fundraising for a new purpose-built hospice in Norfolk.

Her Royal Highness, Royal Patron of EACH, helped to launch The Nook Appeal in 2014, and was updated on the progress of the £10m appeal by staff, supporters, and families who she met at the hospice. 

EACH at Quidenham supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions from across Norfolk. Their family centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, wellbeing activities, and therapy and counselling – all meeting the individual needs of the child or young person, and the whole family.

Since its opening in 1991, the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham means the hospice has outgrown its current site. A new purpose-built hospice ‘The Nook’, will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by EACH hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

The Duchess toured the current facilities of the hospice, meeting families who use the services at Quidenham as they took part in an art therapy session and used the equipment in the sensory room.

Following the tour, The Duchess met local supporters of The Nook Appeal as they continue fundraising for the new hospice.