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Royal visit for 'phenomenal' children's hospice charity

The Countess' visit was on what would have been the 21st birthday of Jessica May, the charity's inspiration. Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

A charity which provides end-of-life care for terminally ill children at homes across the South West has been visited by a member of the royal family today.

Her Royal Highness Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, met nurses and volunteers at Jessie May's headquarters in Bristol, as well as families it helps.

The occasion marked what would have been the 21st birthday of the charity's namesake Jessica May Purrington, who died at the age of just four and a half months after being born with a genetic spinal condition.

Jessie May's mother and the charity's founder, Philippa Brownjohn, said she had been 'overwhelmed'.

Jo Snow, whose daughter Stella is looked after by the charity, said meeting the Countess was a "really touching moment" for her family.