The Duchess of Cambridge was not afraid to get her hands dirty as she marked Children’s Hospice Week with a visit to The Nook, one of East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) purpose built hospices near Norwich. The Duchess, who is a keen gardener, joined families at the hospice to help create a new garden for The Nook which will culminate in a new horticultural design for a large patio area.

The Duchess of Cambridge was keen to get involved in the gardening and even used some of the plants she bought from Fakenham Garden Centre during a visit last week. Catherine worked alongside a volunteer gardener, staff from the hospice and two families to help create the new garden space.

While planting sunflowers with the children, The Duchess of Cambridge revealed that her own children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis – are having their own sunflower growing competition and that a slight rivalry has manifested between the siblings. Catherine said, “The children are really enjoying growing their sunflowers, Louis’s is winning so George is a little grumpy about that.”

EACH offer care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supports families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. EACH currently operates three hospices – The Nook in Norfolk, Milton in Cambridge and The Treehouse in Ipswich. Their services include end of life care, specialist symptom management, occupational therapy, support groups and spiritual care.

While at The Nook, The Duchess of Cambridge told families, “I’m always so blown away by families like yours, particularly having to go through all of this in lockdown. You show such resilience and bravery. You’re such an inspiration to us all. More people in this country should meet families like you, there’s a huge amount of change for you all to take on and you have coped fantastically.”

Children’s Hospice Week ends on Sunday 28th June and has been marked by many members of The Royal Family including The Queen and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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