Tuesday 11 December 2018

Prince William and Kate visit The Passage homeless centre in London

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are getting into the Christmas spirit today as they visit a children's hospital and a homeless resource centre.

William and Kate met youngsters receiving care and their parents when they toured the Evelina London Children's Hospital this morning, less than an hour after she was announced as its new patron.

Later they will travel to The Passage, where they will hear from frontline workers about the challenges relating to street homelessness, including drug addiction and mental health issues.

At the Evelina, which is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, they joined children as they took part in Christmas themed activities, before enjoying celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the hospital.

The hospital provides comprehensive health services to children and families from before birth, throughout childhood and into adult life, and also offers specialist services for youngsters with rare and complex conditions.

Kensington Palace said Kate's patronage 'provides an opportunity to champion the medical professionals working on the front-line in children's healthcare, and shine a light on their work supporting children in their early years'.

Marian Ridley, director of Evelina London, said: 'We are absolutely delighted and deeply honoured The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to become our Patron. 

'The Duchess shares our passion for giving children and young people the very best start in life and Her Royal Highness's support will help champion the life-saving care our staff are providing to our patients.'


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