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The Duchess of Cambridge plants a Garden at the Nook

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The Duchess of Cambridge joined families at East Anglias Childrens Hospice at their purpose-built hospice, The Nook. Catherine brought along plants and flowers that she had purchased at Fakenham Garden Centre on an earlier visit to help plant a garden that will provide enjoyment for the children and their families.

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Catherine has been patron of EACH since 2012 and has supported the organization during their Nook appeal. The Nook officially opened last year and the Duchess visited to see the site and help officially open the purpose-built space.

The Duchess of Cambridge has previously shared her love of gardening when she designed a garden for RHS Chelsea. She has spoken about how she feels spending time outdoors and in nature is great for children and adults alike to help keep them both physically and mentally healthy.

The Duchess did not mind getting dirty as she helped to pot the flowers, occasionally making a bit of a mess with the dirt. She also planted a sunflower in honor of Fraser Delf, a nine-year-old boy who passed away earlier this year. Catherine had spoken to Fraser's family earlier in the week and promised to plant a sunflower in his honor. The Delf family have continued to support and fundraise for EACH following Fraser's death.

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Her visit came at the end of Children's Hospice Week, which she and the Duchess of Cornwall had marked with a joint video call. She also spoke with staff before departing to thank them for all of the work that they have continued to do throughout the pandemic. With much of Catherines charitable focus being on mental health, children and nature the visit perfectly combined all three.

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