We were delighted to welcome our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge to our Quidenham hospice on the 24th of January to see for herself why the nook appeal, which she helped launch in 2014, is so vital.
Her Royal Highness was taken on a tour of the hospice by EACH Service Manager Jane Campbell, observing Isabella Benton
and Amy Hewett
, both six, and Bradley Jackson
, 11, taking part in an art therapy session, as well as Paige Scott
, four, using sensory equipment. She also took time to meet each child’s family, including the parents and siblings of Finnbar
who received care from Quidenham before sadly dying at just five years old in March 2016.
The Duchess spent the second half of her visit talking to staff and volunteers who work at Quidenham as they updated her on the nook appeal and our urgent need to raise funds.
The appeal aims to raise £10 million for a new purpose-built hospice, which will be known as the nook, at a five-acre site in Framingham Earl. Our current Norfolk hospice was opened in 1991 and, due to the increasing numbers of children with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare needs visiting Quidenham, the hospice has now outgrown its current site.
We believe families in Norfolk and North Suffolk need to receive the very best services in an accessible purpose-built environment. The nook will offer families greater choice, accessibility and opportunity, as well as services which are unavailable or extremely limited at Quidenham.