Published 11 January 2017

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit a Child Bereavement UK Centre in Stratford, as the London Centre marks its one year anniversary.

As Royal Patron of Child Bereavement UK since 2009, The Duke has seen the vital work undertaken by the charity, which makes such a positive difference to bereaved families across the country.

Child Bereavement UK provides support for children and families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. The charity also provides training for professionals whose work brings them into contact with bereaved families.

At the Stratford site, The Duke and Duchess were introduced to local professionals, and volunteers who work at the service, before meeting families and children who have been supported by the charity.

Their Royal Highnesses attended one of the charity’s Family Support Group sessions where children, their parents, and carers can meet other families to explore themes of memories, feelings, support networks and resilience. These sessions can help to decrease their sense of being alone and feeling ‘different’ when someone important in their lives has died.

The Duke and Duchess concluded their visit by marking the first anniversary of the charity's Centre in Stratford. They met with funders of Child Bereavement UK’s East London service, and were joined by staff and volunteers, as well as those who have used the charity’s services.

For more information on Child Bereavement UK visit their website.