A Havant boy today sat down to tea with the Duchess of Cambridge as she visited Hampshire’s children’s hospice.
Nine-year-old Blake Warren was among a select few who enjoyed a tea party with the royal visitor.
His mother Elspeth Ringrose, 41, of New Lane, Havant, was also there, along with her other children Jessica, nine, Reuben, eight, and Isaac, five.
Blake, who spends 16 nights out of the year at the hospice, was born with a complex congenital brain difficulty.
The youngster, who primarily uses a wheelchair, has been cared for by the hospice for the past six years.
He is also registered blind and likes to sing, but cannot communicate fully.
Elspeth, a full time carer, said: ’Blake was born with the back half of his brain missing. It happened at about six weeks during my pregnancy.
‘We all come to the hospice as a family.
‘Naomi House is my lifeline, because just at that moment when you think you can’t take anymore, they provide you with the back up support and care needed.
‘They give Blake a lot of one to one attention, and my other children.
‘They give sibling support and build relationships with my children to prepare for the inevitable.’
The Duchess thrilled children, their families, and staff and volunteers as she visited the hospice at Sutton Scotney near Winchester on her second wedding anniversary.
She spent some time talking to staff and well wishers outside after her arrival.
The Duchess smiled as she was presented with a bouquet by Sally Evans, who is eight and is cared for at the hospice. She spent some time chatting to Sally, who is in a wheelchair.Keith Wilson of Naomi House said: ‘It felt like such a long time that we have been waiting for her to come along. There’s an awful lot of work gone into this so seeing her on the drive of Naomi House was something to behold and somehting special.’
The Duchess then went into the hospice to meet families including some who have been bereaved. She also met staff and volunteers and joined in with the children’s tea party.
Kate was praised for providing a ‘real boost’ to the staff and volunteers at the hospice as she visited on her second wedding anniversary.
She travelled to Naomi House to celebrate Children’s Hospice Week.
The Duke and Duchess married two years ago at Westminster Abbey during a glittering ceremony watched by millions.
Traditionally couples exchange cotton presents to mark their second wedding anniversary but William and Kate are spending their special day apart as the Duke, an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, is on duty at his North Wales military base.
The Duchess has already marked Children’s Hospice Week by recording her first video message, released on Sunday, which appealed for support for the initiative aimed at raising awareness and funds.
The week, which runs until Friday, is run by UK children’s palliative care charity Together for Short Lives.
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.”
Kate, who wore a Tara Jarmon peach coat and dressmaker beige dress, visited the hospice privately in 2008.