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The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH’s Quidenham hospice

PUBLISHED: 14:14 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 08:45 25 January 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture Sonya Duncan.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture Sonya Duncan.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arrived for her visit to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) Quidenham facility to a warm welcome from local school children.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The Duchess, who is the Royal Patron of EACH, visited the hospice for the first time today to have a tour of the facility and meet the children and the families who use the vital service.

She will also met with staff and volunteers before receiving an update on the nook appeal - which aims to raise £10m for a new purpose built hospice at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl - which she helped to launch in 2014.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The Duchess, dressed in a green Hobbs suit, spent time with the children in the arts and craft room talking to the youngsters about their favourite colours.

Upon spotting dinosaur toys the Duchess said she told the children they “would go down well with someone I know”.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Michala 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.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

“My daughter asked her what it is like to be a princess and she said she gets very spoilt by a lovely husband who looks after her.

“She was warm and genuine and you can see she cares.”

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Mrs Benton added her daughter loves to come to Quidenham.

“It is like a home away from home,” she said. “She loves coming here and she is full of it.”

The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan The Duchess of Cambridge visits EACH Hospice at Quidenham. Picture: Sonya Duncan

The appeal is reaching the half-way mark.

And nurse at the hospice Katy Heron said moving to a new site is much needed.

“We are very tight with space here with wheelchairs. We are outgrowing this site, as lovely as it is.”

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