Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Duchess of Cambridge visits Naomi House children's hospice

Duchess of Cambridge
Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge received flowers from eight-year-old hospice patient Sally Evans

Hundreds of people have welcomed the Duchess of Cambridge during her visit to a Hampshire children's hospice.

Catherine visited Naomi House in Sutton Scotney, near Winchester, as part of Children's Hospice Week.

Dressed in peach, she met families who use the charity that helps young people with life-limiting conditions.

Naomi House deputy chief executive Mark Smith said he was "thrilled" by the visit, which he added would help raise the hospice's profile.

'A real boost'

On her second wedding anniversary, Catherine was shown facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, and spoke to Naomi House supporters who help raise £7m a year to run the charity.

She also met bereaved parents who received care and support following the death of their child.

This year, Children's Hospice Week focuses on the support offered to brothers and sisters of children at the hospices.

Following the tour Catherine had tea with siblings of children cared for at the hospice, which was opened in 1997 by her father-in-law, the Prince of Wales.

She also saw a live performance of a charity song written by a Naomi House sibling in tribute to his deceased brother.

Naomi House chairman Professor Khalid Aziz said the duchess's visit provided "a real boost for our families, our volunteers and all of our dedicated staff".

Catherine became the Royal Patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices in January 2012.

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