The Duchess of Cambridge is today officially opening The Nook, a new children’s hospice in Norfolk, five years after she launched an appeal for funds for the new centre.
Kate was all smiles as she arrived at the new building to see the fruits of its success.
For the occasion, she chose to wear a magenta Oscar de la Renta suit paired with black heels.
She has donned this outfit previously at a Health Writers conference in 2017 and then again this January for a Royal Opera House.
The Duchess, who is the Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), appeared eager to meet with staff and patients at The Nook in Framingham Earl, around six miles south of Norwich. She met a young boy – whose parents Stef Partington and Joe Harrold were also at the visit.
Mum Stef praised EACH, saying: “They have offered us support with music therapy. It is amazing as a family to do this, as it was the first time we saw Stan react to anything.”
EACH cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and supports their families.
Their care service includes specialist nursing care, symptom management nursing, short breaks, well-being activities, therapies, counselling and volunteer services in the family home; all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
The new building, is a vast improvement from the previous setting, and includes areas for clinical care and therapy rooms, which allows EACH to meet rising, and increasingly-complex, demand for its services.
Kate has been invited to have a tour of the facilities that include a hydrotherapy pool, state-of-the-art sensory room and music studio.
She will then join a reception before making a short speech and unveiling a plaque to mark the official opening of The Nook.