HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, who is our Royal Patron, will be attending the opening night of popular Broadway show 42nd Street in London in support of the 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!
Upon arrival, The Duchess of Cambridge will be hosted by Lord Michael Grade, the show’s co-producer, and be presented to Graham Butland (EACH Chief Executive) and 12-year old Ollie Duel. Ollie uses our hospice at Milton in Cambridgeshire and will be presenting Her Royal Highness with her programme for the evening. Read Ollie's story here.
Also being presented to The Duchess is Michael Linnit (Producer), Mr Mark Bramble (Theatre Director), Dr Johnny Hon (Executive Producer) and his wife Vicky.
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. We have 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.
We have outgrown our hospice at Quidenham in Norfolk and are 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 our hospices for Cambridgeshire, Essex and Suffolk
Her Royal Highness, our Royal Patron, 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 we need to secure a further £5 million to make our 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.
Find out more about the nook appeal