Attleborough couple with 26 years of EACH fundraising behind them get a royal thank you from the Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Norfolk Showground to launch the East Anglia's Children's Hospices t

The Duchess of Cambridge at the Norfolk Showground to launch the East Anglia's Children's Hospices the nook appeal. The Duchess meets volunteers Roger and Ann Kerrison. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2014

An Attleborough couple who have raised more than £50,000 for children with life-threatening conditions were thanked for their tireless work when they were invited to meet the Duchess of Cambridge.

Roger and Ann Kerrison, of Hargham Road, marked the milestone in May - in the same year that they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

The couple have spent the last 26 years helping East Anglia's Children's Hospices by fundraising, cleaning, changing the beds and caring for children.

On Tuesday, they were given the special chance to greet the Duchess at the Norfolk Showground as she launched an appeal for a new £10m hospice for the charity, which will replace the existing facility in Quidenham.

Mrs Kerrison, 78, said: 'It was very exciting. She puts you at ease straight away and is very good with all the children.


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'She asked us about what we do and all sorts of things.'

When they began helping out, 79-year-old Mr Kerrison used skills learned through working in accountancy to do the charity's wages, while his wife used her caring instinct as nurse to chip in.

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And although the couple, who have 14 god-children, have now taken a step back from fundraising due to health issues, they are still involved and encourage people to dig deep.

'We really hope that the money is raised - there's nothing at moment so there is a long way to go,' Mrs Kerrison said.

'Helping out and being at the hospice isn't a sad place to be, you get a real high from it. You give so much working with the children.

'We just have to think about these littles ones.'

If you would like to donate to the appeal, visit www.each.org.uk/the-nook or donate at www.justgiving.com/thenookappeal or phone 01953 666767.

For more on the Duchess' visit to the Norfolk Showground, see pages 12 and 13.

Do you have an Attleborough story for us? Contact reporter Lauren Cope on lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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