HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to attend opening night of 42nd Street in London in aid of nook appeal

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to attend opening night of 42nd Street in London in aid of nook appeal

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Royal Patron, will be attending the opening night of popular Broadway show 42nd Street in London in support of the charity’s nook appeal.

This special event is taking place at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Tuesday, 4th April. The new revival of the classic musical stars Grammy award winner Sheena Easton and is expected to be hugely popular, as even the preview performances have received standing ovations! 

Michael Linnit and Michael Grade, together with The Global Group of Companies for Gate Ventures, will be very kindly supporting the nook appeal for the run of the show. The charity has already been pledged a gift of £250,000 towards the appeal from one very generous donor.

Executive Producer of 42nd Street, Dr Johnny Hon said: “We are delighted to support the nook appeal on the opening night of 42nd Street and we are honoured to be joined by the Duchess of Cambridge as the charity’s Royal Patron.”

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

It has outgrown its hospice at Quidenham in Norfolk and is currently fundraising for a new purpose-built one, which is to be called the nook and will help to provide more families with the same facilities as those offered by EACH hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk.

Her Royal Highness, Royal Patron of EACH, helped to launch the nook appeal in 2014 and in January this year visited Quidenham to meet with staff and families for an update on the appeal and plans for the new hospice. The appeal aims to raise a total of £10 million and EACH needs to secure a further £5 million to make its vision a reality.

EACH Chief Executive Graham Butland said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness at the Theatre Royal for what I’m sure will be an exceptional evening for the nook appeal.

"This is an amazing opportunity for EACH and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make our involvement possible, including Dr Johnny Hon, Lord Michael Grade, Michael Linnit, Geoff Morrow and all their colleagues – not forgetting the incredible cast! It is fantastic that we have already received a very generous donation and we hope that during the evening the audience will help us raise even more money to make our vision a reality – it would be wonderful if with the support of everyone involved we could reach £420,000!

The nook appeal will transform children’s palliative care across Norfolk but we still have some way to go, which is why we are so excited to be embarking on a relationship with the whole team at 42nd Street.”

Since becoming Royal Patron in 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge has played a vital role in raising awareness and understanding of children’s hospice services across East Anglia and the rest of the UK.

EACH provides care and support for nearly 800 children, young people and family members across the region, with 361 currently using its Quidenham hospice.

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Notes to Editors

The nook appeal is our vision to transform children’s palliative care for Norfolk.

• Our Quidenham hospice has been an incredible home-from-home for almost 25 years, but we’ve outgrown the building. We need a purpose-built facility to meet the increased demand for our services and the changing and more complex needs of the children and young people we care for.

• We can’t develop the building more than we already have. Accessibility is really limited and there isn’t scope to expand. 

• We’re unable to provide the same facilities in Norfolk as we do for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk. Norfolk needs a 21st century building to benefit from 21st century care.

• We have planning permission for a 5-acre woodland site in Framingham Earl, five miles south of Norwich and closer to the centre of the county, local services, hospitals and road networks. The majority of families and staff will travel shorter distances to receive and deliver care.

The nook will offer services unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham, including:

- a far larger care area, all on a single floor
- more areas for clinical care and improved medical and nursing equipment
- fantastic activity areas for arts, crafts and play
- a hydrotherapy pool – something we don’t have the space for at Quidenham
- a large state-of-the-art sensory room
- a special quiet haven area for families
- dedicated therapy rooms and music studio
- larger and better equipped en-suite bedrooms for children and young people
- en-suite family accommodation rooms
- far more outside space for children to safely explore and play
- and facilities for family support groups, counselling, therapies and activities.

• We need to raise £10 million to make our vision a reality, while continuing to fund and provide services at Quidenham. We rely on donations for the majority of the income needed to deliver our services and all the funds required to build the nook. We need help from individual giving, trusts, events, and corporate and community fundraising. We need everyone to help in whatever way they can.

• To find out more visit: or contact us in the following ways:

Tel: 01953 666767; email:
Twitter: @EACH_norfolk #thenookappeal / Facebook: thenookappeal

For further information about this release please contact:
Hannah Bloom – Marketing and Communications Manager 
E: – T: 07738 328058

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The Treehouse

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


Church Lane, Milton,
Cambridge, CB24 6AB

The Nook

Pigot Lane, Framingham Earl
Norfolk, NR14 7PX