Volunteer Stephen is delighted by royal visit

Stephen Camburn
Stephen Camburn
Alex Wardle, from Lee-on-the-Solent, collapsed at home and tragically died in March 2016, aged 23. 

From left: Alex's father, Stephen Wardle, sister Gemma Wardle, Alex Wardle and his mother, Denise Wardle.

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HE DISCOVERED Naomi House through his job, and then decided to become a part-time volunteer for the centre.

Stephen Camburn, 43, of Meon Road, Milton, has been a play volunteer at the children’s hospice for about two years - and was among those thrilled by the visit of the Duchess of Cambridge yesterday.

Stephen’s role involves him going to the hospice, near Winchester, every Saturday, to play, colour, draw and interact with children.

He also drives a minibus to take the children on day trips to places like the zoo.

He was one of 10 volunteers picked to meet the Duchess when she visited the hospice yesterday.

He said: ‘She spoke to every single volunteer, which I was surprised at.

‘And she asked a lot of questions and was interested.

‘I was the final one in the line up of 10, and so thought she wouldn’t say much to me.

‘But she did, she did it with everyone.

‘I was pleasantly surprised with her visit, she was lovely.’

As well as volunteering, Stephen also raises money for the hospice.