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HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

Our Royal Patron

In January 2012 we were honoured and extremely proud to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge would become our Royal Patron and we are extremely grateful for her dedication and support. The announcement recognised the work we do both locally and nationally and was welcomed by staff, volunteers and the children, young people and families we support. 

Shortly after the news of the Duchess’s patronage, Her Royal Highness formally opened our Treehouse hospice in Ipswich meeting staff, volunteers and families and also made her first public address – an occasion of great historical significance and international media interest.

Thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge we have also been able to make contact with a hospice in Malaysia, whom we hope to work with to develop services and share best practice. This relationship follows a visit to Hospis Malaysia in September 2012 as part of a tour by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Singapore, Malaysia, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

In April 2014, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited New Zealand and Australia where they met with Gabrielle and Paul Quilliam; co-founders of the charity Queensland Kids which is working to open Hummingbird House – a children’s hospice for Queensland. In August 2014 EACH entered into an International Children’s Palliative Care Network twinning agreement with Queensland Kids to support the start-up phase of Hummingbird House, offering advice on organisational structure and the development of their model of care, staff training and charity shop strategy. You can see more about these two relationships in Our Friends Overseas page.

In April 2013, The Duchess of Cambridge celebrated Children’s Hospice Week, by recording her first ever video message to encourage people to support children’s hospices.
Inspired by the care and support we deliver, which The Duchess of Cambridge described as ‘remarkable’, the video message, which was recorded at Clarence House, was aired for the first time on Sunday April 28th to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week. 


Children’s Hospice Week is the UK-wide awareness and fundraising campaign celebrating the work of children’s hospices and palliative care services. The week is run by Together for Short Lives; the UK children’s palliative care charity. 

In June 2013, The Duchess of Cambridge, named Princess Cruises’ newest ship and became Godmother to ‘Royal Princess’. The naming ceremony was the highlight of week-long celebrations to welcome the vessel into service, which included a special naming gala on the evening of Wednesday 12th June. A bereaved family, who have received care and support from EACH, were special guests at the naming ceremony.  Alie Rowbotham along with her daughter Izzie, 15 and son Charlie, 8, and their dad Mick, attended. Izzie and Charlie presented The Duchess with a pair of scissors to cut the rope for the bottle break.

In July 2013, HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son Prince George was born. The birth of Their Royal Highness’s baby has had some real benefits for EACH. We saw increased media coverage to raise awareness and interest, fundraising pages were set up in the UK and US with people making donations in lieu of gifts, social media interaction increased and a number of gifts were donated either for use within organisation or for fundraising including children’s furniture from Slovenia, a hand carved cradle from Poland and a bracelet. To celebrate George’s 1st birthday, we encouraged people to host fundraising tea parties through the East Anglia’s Biggest Birthday Party campaign.

In June 2014 The Duchess of Cambridge once again supported Children’s Hospice Week and visited The Treehouse to learn more about the services that are required for families with seriously ill children, and especially the role that volunteers can play for children's hospices, which is an issue she is exploring further with her Foundation. 

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge continues to be committed in her role as EACH Royal Patron and her involvement is a real asset to the work we do in providing care and support to life-threatened children, young people and their families across East Anglia. 

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  • Children like Lucy don’t get the opportunity to go to sleepovers or to their friends for tea, so the interaction she has at the hospice is priceless. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • EACH helped us with coping mechanisms and special ways of remembering Stanley. Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH supports families when they’re at their absolute lowest, helping them to come to terms with their child’s illness, losing them and beyond Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • EACH has helped us keep Stanley’s memory alive. And allows us to look to the future Brad, Stanley's Dad
  • I can’t imagine what it would have been like. Nobody should have to, every family should be offered the support we were, and are still getting Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • EACH helps us to create lovely memories and has played an important part in all of our lives, not just Lucy’s. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • It’s been a great opportunity to meet other parents in a similar situation, something that doesn't really happen anywhere else. Helen, William’s mum
  • We are also supported by the 24/7 True Colours nurses and it’s so reassuring knowing we can call on them whenever we need support or advice Helen, William’s mum
  • I really love going to the hospice. I’ve made friends there and get to do loads of fun stuff. Renee
  • I didn’t realise hope was a gift until I became a mum. My little boy taught me many things and that was one of them Claire, Jacob’s mum
  • When we first heard about the hospice we were apprehensive because we didn’t know what to expect. When we got there we realised it was a lovely place where Renee would be well looked after, and we would be able to have a much-needed break. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • Renee loves going to The Treehouse, but it’s great that care staff are also able to visit us at home too. Stacy, Renee’s mum
  • The play specialists are excellent and I also get inspiration from the activities they organise. Heather, Lucy’s mum
  • We arrived at the hospice feeling scared and alone. We had so many questions – they answered them all and more. Claire, Jacob’s mum

The Treehouse

St. Augustine’s Gardens,
Ipswich, IP3 8NS

Milton

Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

Quidenham

Quidenham , Norwich,
Norfolk, NR16 2PH