Kate appeal for hospice support

The Duchess of Cambridge will today meet children and parents at Naomi House children's hospice. It follows her first ever video message on Sunday to appeal for support for children's hospices.

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Duchess joins children for tea party at hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge has been visiting children at Naomi House hospice in Hampshire.

Kate joined children for a tea party during her 90 minute visit.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children and staff as she visits Naomi House Children's Hospice
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children and staff as she visits Naomi House Children's Hospice Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She also visited the hydrotherapy pool where she saw children at play.

The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children and staff in the hydrotherapy pool
The Duchess of Cambridge meeting children and staff in the hydrotherapy pool Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Duchess of Cambridge touring Naomi House
The Duchess of Cambridge touring Naomi House Credit: David Parker/Daily Mail/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Kate visit 'a real boost' for hospice families

The chairman of a Hampshire hospice has said that the Duchess of Cambridge has provided a "real boost" for its families.

Professor Khalid Aziz, chairman of Naomi House, which was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1997, said: "We are delighted that Her Royal Highness has chosen Naomi House to visit at the start of Children's Hospice Week.

"Her presence has provided a real boost for our families, our volunteers and all our dedicated staff who were thrilled to meet her."

Duchess visits children at Hampshire hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge meets Sally Evans, eight, from Salisbury
The Duchess of Cambridge meets Sally Evans, eight, from Salisbury Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duchess of Cambridge Kate today visited Naomi House in Hampshire, an institution that supports children with life-limiting conditions, as part of Children's Hospice Week.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Naomi House Children's Hospice in Winchester, Hampshire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Naomi House Children's Hospice in Winchester, Hampshire Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duchess marked Children's Hospice Week by recording her first video message at the weekend, which appealed for support for the initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds.

Read more: Duchess makes video appeal for Hospice Week

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Naomi House Children's Hospice in Winchester, Hampshire
The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Naomi House Children's Hospice in Winchester, Hampshire Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Duchess' support gives a 'huge boost' to children

The Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives, Barbara Gelb told Daybreak that the Duchess of Cambridge's support has made this the "best Children's Hospice Week ever".

This is our best Children's Hospice Week ever, having the Duchess support our cause makes such a big difference, it's such a boost to children and families especially and also really importantly to children's hospices right across the UK.

Children's hospices are charities and they really reliant pin the public to keep them going, it can cost up to £7,000 a day to run a hospice like Naomi House.

– Barbara Gelb, Chief Executive of Together for Short Lives

Duchess of Cambridge to take a tour of hospice

The Duchess of Cambridge will today visit Naomi House in Sutton Scotney, Hampshire as part of Children's Hospice Week 2013.

Catherine will take a tour of the facilities, meeting the children and families who rely on the hospice's services.

The Duchess of Cambridge recorded her first video message yesterday to mark Children's Hospice Week Credit: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

The Duchess will also take tea with the brothers and sisters of children cared for at the hospice before listening to a live performance of ‘Free’ - a song written by a Naomi House sibling, Ollie Wade, as a tribute to his deceased brother.

Watch: Duchess of Cambridge appeals for hospice support

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Duchess of Cambridge appeals for hospice support

Children's Hospice charities say their work has been given a great boost by support from the Duchess of Cambridge.

Kate's recorded her first video message to mark Children's Hospice Week. In the video, which was filmed at Clarence House, the Duchess says she's seen for herself the transformational work done for the children and their families.

ITV News reporter Piers Hopkirk reports: