The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Keech Hospice In Luton – Wednesday 24th August.
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Keech Hospice In Luton
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge paid a Visit to Keech Hospice In Luton today as part of the celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the Bedfordshire based charity.
The royal couple were greeted by overjoyed volunteers and members of staff on arrival and spent just over one hour touring the hospice, meeting patients, families and staff.
The royal couple ended the tour with a walkabout, greeting families and volunteers who were eagerly waiting outside.
The Duchess was presented with a posy by Evie Farmer, aged 7, from Stevenage. Evie loves coming to Keech Hospice Care’s Sparklers Group which is a monthly support group for siblings. Evie’s brother, Charlie, age 9, has infantile spasms, epilepsy and mitochondrial disorder. Charlie requires 24/7 care and monitoring as his seizures are unpredictable. Keech Hospice Care helps manage Charlie’s symptoms to give him the best quality of life possible while Sparklers enables Evie to do something specifically for her and have one to one attention. Evie’s mum Dawn Farmer said “Of course, Evie doesn’t know Sparklers is a pre and post bereavement support group for siblings, she just thinks she’s having fun. Evie is a whirlwind of energy and i wanted to make sure she was able to communicate her feelings about Charlie through play and the staff at Keech Hospice Care are brilliant at drawing her feelings out. Sparkelrs helps Evie mix with other children who are in the same situation as she is. She understands them and they understand her.”
Keech Hospice Care provides nurse and doctor led clinics managing symptoms and pain, social workers, music and art therapy, complementary therapies and inpatient stays. It costs £5.3 million every year to ensure Keech Hospice Care’s survival and the charity relies on 70% of this funding to come from it’s community, donations and fundraising.
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Visit Keech Wednesday 24th August 2016
Keech will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on Sunday 11th September! ‘KeechFest’ promises to be a fantastic, fun-filled family day which will help raise vital funds. Read all about it here.
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