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Duchess of Cambridge visits Ipswich

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The Duchess of Cambridge yesterday officially opened the new East Anglia Children’s Hospice (EACH) in Ipswich, which has recently moved from a worn out building to a brand new facility set in woodland in the south east of the town. 

Her Royal Highness is the Patron of EACH and chose to make her first public speech as a member of the Royal Family during her visit.
A few years ago when I was still a councillor I was humbled to be invited to the hospice at its old location on Walker Close behind Ipswich Hospital. The Director of Fundraising took me round the facility and showed me the various sensory and therapy rooms they have to make the lives of the children comfortable. It was a moving experience and I was delighted EACH were able to move to a bigger and better facility because of £3million of generous public donations. Their work is invaluable and has now been given Royal recognition.
Ipswich politicians took up their obligatory positions on the welcoming line as the Duchess arrived, including Ipswich Mayor Cllr John Le Grys and the town’s MP, Ben Gummer. 
The Duchess said: 

“Today I have seen again that the Treehouse is all about family and fun. For many, this is a home from home – a lifeline, enabling families to live as normally as possible, during a very precious period of time. 

What you do is inspirational, it is a shining example of the support and the care that is delivered, not just here, but in the children’s hospice movement at large, up and down the country.”

The full speech can be found here.


Author: gavinmaclure

IT professional; political blogger, former Conservative councillor

One thought on “Duchess of Cambridge visits Ipswich

  1. The Duchess of Cambridge is such a genuinely beautiful person, both inside and out. It is our honour to have her join our Royal Family. Great cause for her to be the Patron for!

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