Kate was given a ‘portrait’ by one of the schoolchildren greeting her when she arrived, the little girl in the purple jacket.
On the picture it says “Princess Kate It is an honour to meet you. Love from Lily.”
The Duchess was then greeted by 5-year-old Nell Cork who presented her with a bouquet. Nell’s brother Finnbar died last year.
Richard Perry of The Express reported that “The Duchess of Cambridge told bereaved parents Tristan and Claire Cork: “I’m a mother and I can’t imagine what you’ve been through.” Below, Kate with Mr. Cork, who is holding Lily.
Being welcomed by officials.
The Duchess met with staff, volunteers, families, and donors.
More from Simon Perry’s People story:
“She got down on peoples’ levels. She made a point of crouching when she was talking with children so she was at eye level and she sat with the bereaved family, she didn¹t stand over them, she sat comfortably and had a good open body language. She’s good at putting people at ease and hear their stories,” Jane Campbell, the service manager at the hospital, tells PEOPLE.
From the Eastern DailyPress:
Michaels Benton’s six-year-old daughter Isabella, who has a number of neurological conditions including complex refractory epilepsy, has used the services at EACH for four years.
Mrs Benton, from Dereham, said: “It is amazing we met Kate. At the nook appeal launch we met her and she remembered.
Taking part in an art therapy session with 6-year-old Isabella Benton.
A short video from that activity.
— Victoria Murphy (@QueenVicMirror) January 24, 2017
Kate has been the EACH royal patron since January of 2012; it is one of the first charities she took on as patron.
The Duchess also received an update on The Nook Appeal, a £10 million fundraising effort for a new hospice that would replace the existing Quidenham facility. Quidenham is one of the oldest hospices in the UK, with restricted accessibility and other constraints. A new hospice would offer things like more overnight accommodations, more private family support areas, and treatments such as hydrotherapy. If you are interested in donating, click here. This rendering offers a look at a design for the new hospice.
EACH has raised almost £5 million of the £10 million needed for the construction of the new facility. Here you see Kate at the November 2014 launch of the Nook Appeal.
And at last June’s gala fundraiser for The Nook.
Now for a closer look at what Kate wore for today’s engagement.
The Duchess was in the Sinead jacket and skirt from Hobbs, pieces that are past season and no longer available.
The collarless jacket is fitted, with an exposed front zipper, peplum detail on the back, and decorative pocket flaps. The pieces are made from an Italian fabric that is a blend of wool, acrylic, and polyester, in a color Hobbs calls ‘evergreen.’ The skirt is a basic pencil style with a back zipper and slit. Our thanks to Carly of Kate Middleton Style for her speedy ID of the suit.
Kate wore the Gerard Darel ‘Josephine’ blouse in ‘beige’ silk.
A better view of the collar.
The blouse features a frilled collar with a black bow and buttoned cuffs. Originally £175, it is on sale for £105, about $130. Thank you, Middleton Maven, for identifying this blouse! (We have a repliKate here.)
Kate accessorized with her Gianvito Rossi black suede pumps.
And her Bayswater Wallet clutch by Mulberry.
The Duchess was also wearing her Kiki McDonough Pink Morganite earrings.
Kate waves goodbye.
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- Visit the EACH website here, follow EACH on Facebook here, or here on Twitter; you can read more about the Nook here, and follow the EACH Nook Appeal on Twitter here
- You can also watch a video here about the naming of the new hospice, and/or take a virtual walk-through of the plans for The Nook here; the EACH news release about today’s engagement may be read here
- Rebecca English’s Daily Mail story is here; Victoria Murphy’s story for The Mirror is here; Richard Palmer’s story for The Express is here
- Simon Perry’s People magazine story is here; Pop Sugar’s oversize photo gallery is here